In this tech-driven age, we tweet our thanks with the appropriate hashtag. Post thankfulness countdowns on Facebook. Text a brief thanks, vowels and correct grammar optional, before moving on with our fast-paced, instant download, blink-and-you’ll-miss-the-latest-trend lives.
The observance of literally giving someone a card expressing thanks has all but been forgotten.
Some might argue that it doesn’t matter. That we’re still being polite, communicating the same sentiment—just in a less antiquated fashion.
While I’m not opposed to modern forms of communication, I firmly believe that Thank You cards are an irreplaceable form of politeness. In fact, I believe the practice of writing Thank You cards makes us better people and improves our lives.
How, you ask? Read on, my good fellow.
How Writing Thank You Cards Improves our Lives
It Undermines Self-Absorption
During the holidays, I’ve seen posts on Facebook expressing thanks for gifts received. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, these mass thank yous posted for all to see, keep most of the focus on us. Rather than shinning a spotlight of appreciation on the giver it bathes us in the harsh glare with a showy chorus of, “Look at me, and my haul of stuff!”
Thank You cards transform the spotlight into a lantern. Within the panes of an envelope, they contain a golden light meant for illuminating one. And by bestowing that lantern of thanks on the giver alone, it makes the light more precious and simultaneously undermines our insatiable desire for Likes. Continue reading