No matter what the situation is – a compliment in person, a gift, a kind deed – a genuine thank you is always in order. We love to receive thanks. It validates that we are good humans and that we’ve touched someone in a thoughtful way. We also love to give thanks. It brings joy to the giver and it closes the circle of kindness.

A thank you can take shapes and forms. It can be a look in the eye and a smile, a simple text, or a handwritten note (there’s nothing better than a handwritten note these days). But sometimes we grapple with how to match the appropriate thank you to the situation, what to say, how much is too much, or how much is too little.

We did our research and came up with some answers to all of our thank you questions.

First of all, you need to figure out what kind of thank you the situation merits. We look to Emily Post to help us in the modern world of thank yous.

When the thank you merits a gift, we look to Real Simple for a wide variety of ideas.

Thank you notes seem like a lost art. Here are simple guidelines to follow when writing your note.

In case you are at a loss for the right words, here’s a list of appreciative words based on a variety of situations.


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