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The power of a handwritten note

By Glenn Williams

When was the last time you actually received a handwritten note or letter? What was the experience when you opened the envelope? Were you curious, interested, and engaged? And after you read the note did you feel appreciated or acknowledged? Did you appreciate the time someone spent to make sure you felt special? Handwritten notes are wonderful things.

Handwritten notes not only make the recipient feel good (which is important), but more importantly something happens to you when you take the time to write a note.  It focuses your attention on the task at hand and you think about the words you want to use. It evokes an emotional reaction in you that brings you closer to the person with whom you are communicating. It can increase the realization that gratitude is a very positive emotion, helping you enjoy a richer life and produce more meaningful relationships.

If you want to read about how writing notes can change a life, I recommend you read 365 Thank-You's: the Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life by John Kralik. It is an engaging story of how an attorney, who was at an extremely low point in his life, found his life transformed by the act of identifying something someone did for him for which he was grateful and then acknowledging his gratitude in a handwritten note.

Try writing a few notes (if you don’t already) and see what happens. And don’t be held back because you don’t know what to say or your handwriting is bad. It is enough to just express your simple gratitude such as “Thank you for helping me with ______, you made my day much better.” Don’t worry if you don’t have great handwriting—it is truly the thought that counts.  

Set yourself apart from the rest of the crowd with handwritten notes and you might find that it does more good for you than for the person to whom you are writing.

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