Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Day 84 - Buy a box of thank-you notes and birthday cards so you're always ready to mark an occassion.

Before iPads or iPhones or eBooks or eReaders, there was paper, and there was ink. Now that e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and other ways to stay in touch have taken over our lives, writing letters, thank-you notes, birthday cards, or even invitations is rare in the twenty-first century.

Personal handwritten notes, whether a thank-you note or a birthday note is a simple act of gratitude that goes a long way. It shows appreciation and value which reaches beyond a predictable thank-you. Being that handwritten notes are so meticulously slow — to draft, to send, to assure delivery — they're not a good way to ask for things on a day to day basis. Instead, they're more frequently used to remind others that you value your relationship 

In a generation filled with e-mails, tweets, and text messages; handwriting has become less important in our lives then it has ever been. The U.S. Postal Service's Annual Survey, said that the average home only received a personal letter once every seven weeks, whereas in 1987 personal letters went out at least every two weeks; and per The Wall Street Journal, it has been discovered through a British survey that the average time since an adult wrote anything handwritten at all was 41 days.

While always saying “thank you” is extremely important, the beauty of a well-crafted handwritten note is that it can show deeper investment and appreciation than a simple, verbal “thanks”. It can remind someone they're not forgotten, follow-up on a conversation or include a birthday gift; each card carries its own meaning, and in a world where so much communication is impractical, these simple acts of adoration, remembrance, gratitude, and appreciation can show the people who matter to your personal and business life that they are important to you.

I personally have always been fond of handwritten notes. Many people have a box somewhere with saved handwritten letters and postcards, and they think of them as treasured possessions including myself. So, for today's deed, although I already had some thank-you cards on hand, I went out and bought an extra box along with birthday cards, and what better day to buy them since I received beautiful orchids, so it gave me the opportunity to send out one of my new thank-you cards.

Today, go out and buy yourself a box of cards and send a handwritten THANK YOU or HAPPY BIRTHDAY to someone you care about; being grateful only brings abundance to your life, it's one of the laws of attraction. I'm sure you love receiving them, so today, begin giving them!

 "There is always, always, always something to be thankful for."

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