Saying Thanks

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The holidays have come and gone, the decorations are being put in storage for another year and you’re getting back into your daily routine.  However, with the memories of the gifts you received and the parties you attended still fresh in your mind, it is the perfect time to say thank you. The act of simply saying “thanks”, whether verbally or in a note, certainly makes the recipient of your gratitude feel great and it also gives them good reason to repeat the action. But above all, it’s a means of staying connected. And, as you may already know, there are proven health benefits to maintaining your relationships like exercising, eating well and better sleep habits. So just say “thanks” and start you new year off right!

In the mood board: The Art of Kindness ecard and Taylor Swift boxed Thank You cards from American Greetings

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What to Write in a Thank You Note

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The holidays brought so much joy–from glorious gifts to fabulous dinners—and there’s so much to be grateful for. The perfect way to show it, of course, is with a thank you note. The following tips will make writing them a breeze, and can be used for any occasion.

Begin with a greeting: Be sure to  include everyone. If a gift was from a family, include the children as well, and name both the host and hostess.

Be specific: “Thank you for…” or “I really appreciate…” Be expressive, too, and include complimentary adjectives. So, if you’re thanking someone…

  • For Gifts — Let them know how you feel about the gift, or how you plan to use it. For example: “I’m so touched you remembered my favorite…!” or “It looks perfect in…”
  • For Gift Cards —  If you’ve already spent it—or know what you’re going to buy with it—let the receiver know. If you don’t know, tell them how much you’re looking forward to shopping with it. If you received money, it’s polite to say thank you for their “generosity” or “kindness,” and then how you plan on using it.
  • For a Party Be sure to compliment the host/hostess on a specific food, decoration, or even refer to a shared conversation. For example, “It was great hearing about your kids-you have to be so proud of them!”

Include well wishes: Add a message about the receiver, not the gift. Wish them well or express your hope that you’ll see them soon— make it sincere. This thoughtful touch is always appreciated!

 Add a perfect finish: Say thanks again and close the note, using words appropriate for the relationship, such as Love, Warm or Kind Regards, Sincerely, etc.

So, don’t put off those thank you’s!  After all, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William  Arthur Ward

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What’s old is new again

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Looking for a fun, last-minute adventure for an otherwise lazy Saturday? Grab some friends and go antiquing. Searching through old treasures is half the fun, and you won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face when you find something that you just can’t live without. Antiques can make a great addition to your kitchen, living room or bedroom, and don’t forget to think of unexpected places like a powder room or window. Whether you’re in the market for a piece of art, an old sign or just looking for something special, spending the day shopping with good friends is always a recipe for success!

PS – Don’t forget to bring your camera along – documenting the trip is a great way to cherish memories and you can use those photos in a thank-you card to everyone who joined in on the day!

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