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Saying thank you is time well spent

thank you notes the best way to remember how you have pleased someone
thank you notes the best way to remember how you have pleased someone
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Allen Klein, the world’s favorite Jollytologist (worlds only Jollytologist?) has struck another chord in what’s good for you. Thank you, Allen, for the article, “Why You Need to Say ‘Thank You.”

It is for good reason that you are annoyed by people’s hardly ever saying “thank you” anymore. The fact that you are part of the older generation that values holding the door open for the person in front of you and men tipping their hats to women night be, as you say, passé, but that doesn’t make it right. It does, however, mean someone should build a statue in your honor. Or, send you a barrel of love letters.

Thank you for pointing out that saying thank you has health benefits for the person who says it. Let’s take that into one more direction, saying thank you not just out loud, but on paper. The thank-you note seems also to be a little passé; reports are that people do not even send thank you for wedding gifts, and if that does not give you a case of hives, I don’t know what would.

Any graceful act sent your way, gift, dinner party, compliment, some man holding the door open for you, is a very golden opportunity for a love letter in the form of a thank you note. A long ago Love Letters Live guest said she wanted to write a thank you note to the bus driver who smiled at her on the worst day of her life. It helped her, gave her hope for a better day. Her heart filled with affection for this stranger, and she knew a thank you note was in order.

Yes, a good thank you note is definitely a love letter. Dive right in. As Brenda Knight points out in The Grateful Table, “God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?” You can certainly do that and then you can use 20 more of those precious seconds and put that thank you in writing to make someone else's life richer for the gratitude you have jotted down and mailed. Try it. So much fun. Chances are you will miss that 20 seconds, and you will still have 86,380 seconds left to do all the other things you need to do in the day.

From me to you with love in the air,

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