Taken from the book Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways To Make A Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza


-Feeling appreciated is one of the strongest human desires.
-There is warmth in a handwritten note – it instantly makes the message more personal, creates a more intimate feeling, and makes the recipient feel more valued.
-With email and instant messaging, a handwritten note is getting rarer and therefore more special.
-A handwritten note costs less than a dollar to write and mail, and the relational value is priceless.
-The recipient can keep and reread it forever.

1. Select the person – a family member, friend, co-worker, or someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time – whom you want to thank for what he or she brings to your life.
2. Choose a postcard, letter, or card.
3. Take a few minutes to write a warm, sincere message that clearly communicates your love and appreciation for that person.
4. Decide if you want to add any special touches like unique paper, scents, photography, drawings on the envelope, or a specialty stamp.
5. Send it TODAY!

Today I sent a birthday card to a friend. I know how much I appreciate receiving birthday cards and notes in the mail and so I try really hard to remember friends and family members birthdays and send actual cards in the mail. It is much better than receiving a comment on Facebook or an email. I also plan to send a note to our friend, Mary, who wrote and directed the play that our boys were in this weekend. She has such amazing talent and is so giving of her time to the kids in our community. I want her to know how much I appreciate her efforts.

When was the last time you handwrote anything to anyone? Handwrite a note of gratitude to somebody today, even if it just to say you are thinking of them. They will appreciate it! Think of the smile you will bring to their face!

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