Not that we need a reason.

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Every day could be improved by the writing and sending of thank-you notes. As human beings moving through the world, there are few things that do not require our attention—or our thanks. Often, thank-you notes are not only notes of gratitude. They’re an opportunity to reach out, to connect, and to recognize a kindness. Of course, they're also meaningful expressions of thanks for moments, words, favors, and gifts. We’ve collected a few of these thank-you-note-appropriate moments below. Cultivating gratitude is a practice, and—with an uncapped pen and a stack of fresh notecards at the ready—we’re feeling more thankful already.

 

5. Someone has done you a favor.

A kind word, a compassionate gesture, an unexpected favor—all are appropriate moments for which to write a thank-you note. If someone drove you to the airport, picked up your child from school, or lent you a pair of garden shears, you can feel free to pop a stamp onto an envelope and send over a thank-you note.

 

4. You’ve received a gift.

Whether the gift is a make-ahead casserole given in a moment of need or a tied-with-a-bow birthday present, a thank-you note should be written, signed, and sent along posthaste.

 

3. You have a new set of stationery.

Sometimes the only impetus you need to write a thank-you note is the presence of a brand new set of envelopes or a lovely new pen. If you are a dedicated thank you-note writer, you probably have stationery for every situation, and sometimes that’s all the occasion you need to write a note of thanks.

 

2. It’s Wednesday.

That’s right: There’s no need for a special occasion to send a thank-you note. They don’t have to follow big gifts or grand gestures. Sometimes the urge to thank someone just appears—a bright, shining spot in an otherwise ordinary weekday.

 

1. You feel gratitude. 

If you are feeling grateful, you can thank someone just for being there. Reaching out with thanks for even the smallest of gestures is meaningful. It’s a kindness to repay a kindness. So pay attention: What moments sparked your gratitude today?  

 

(Also, if you’re interested in the floral letterpress design pictured above, you can find it at Paper Source. These notes are lovely too.)

 

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What are the situations that never fail to prompt you to write thank-you notes? What are your go-to strategies for composing a well-written note?