The Write Way to Say Thanks: The Impact of Penning Gratitude

In an era where thumbs tap screens at breakneck speed and emojis reign supreme, one might be tempted to overlook the enduring power of the handwritten word and personalised correspondence cards. 

However, the importance of expressing gratitude through a tangible and personal medium cannot be overstated.  The power of well written correspondence cards, to express your thanks – be it for a gift, a business meeting, or when someone has lent a helping hand – is a gracious gesture.  And, one that is always well-received.  It not only leaves a positive lasting impression, but also bolsters our social and professional relationships.

Amidst the cacophony of fleeting digital messages and insincere emojis, personalised stationery, such as bespoke correspondence cards, accompanied by elegant penmanship, have emerged as formidable tools in conveying heartfelt appreciation.  Writing thank you note cards goes above and beyond the expected. 

Science Supports the Power of the Note Card

Don’t believe us?  There are numerous research reports to support the hypothesis for invoking a written attitude of gratitude.  For instance: 

A study conducted by Amit Kumar and Nicholas Epley (2010) at the University of Chicago revealed that people consistently underestimate the positive impact of expressing gratitude through handwritten notes. The authors found that recipients of thank you notes felt significantly more surprised and touched than the senders had anticipated, illuminating the power of personalized note cards in enriching human connections.

Then there’s Harvard Medical School.  In 2021 it highlighted that writing thank you letters is a great way to cultivate gratitude, which in turn can have a positive impact on your mental wellbeing AND a business bottom line: Giving Thanks Can Make You Happier

It’s a theme continued in "The Art of the Handwritten Note: A Guide to Reclaiming Civilised Communication" (2002), by Margaret Shepherd.  She extols the virtues of using bespoke stationery to foster meaningful connections in an increasingly disconnected world.  Shepherd posits that investing in luxury personalised stationery or embossed stationery and taking the time to craft a thoughtful message can yield significant benefits for both the sender and the recipient.

Another study, conducted by the University of Texas, found that gratitude and the expression of thankfulness can lead to increased happiness, stronger relationships, and even improved physical health (Algoe, 2012).  By taking the time to pen a heartfelt note on correspondence cards, you are not only expressing your gratitude but also fostering a deeper connection with the recipient.  And it’s this connection that is the key.  Personalised notecards allow you to further customise the message, making it truly unique and individual.

A Fancy Paper Thank-You Makes GREAT Business Sense

Even better news - the business world is no exception when it comes to the power of gratitude.  A study by Harvard Business Review revealed building a better work place starts by saying thanks.  Employees who received a simple, handwritten thank you note from their managers were more likely to feel valued, engaged, and committed to their workplace. 

When it comes to the office environment, the significance of handwritten thank you notes is heightened - because expressing gratitude in the workplace is linked to increased productivity, reduced employee turnover, and improved job satisfaction.  According to a Forbes article by Kimberly A Whitler (2022), when a personalised note card lands on the desk of a colleague or client after a meeting, it cements the professional bond and distinguishes the sender from their contemporaries who may rely solely on impersonal emails or texts.

Why is this?  The use of personalised note paper, has the unique ability to reflect the sender's individuality and thoughtfulness. When you take the time to select and design correspondence cards, it demonstrates the value you place on the recipient and the relationship.  The allure of receiving a note on luxury stationery, complete with custom envelopes, cannot be denied, and it lends a touch of elegance and sophistication to the message within.

By choosing to use custom stationery you are elevating the simple act of saying 'thank you' to an art form.  The charm of handwritten thank you card lives in their tangible nature.  In a world dominated by screens and ephemeral digital messages, the tactile experience of holding note cards and envelopes, adorned with the sender's unique handwriting, offers an unparalleled sense of connection.  Psychological Science published research outlining the strong emotive bond people have to handwriting, and seeing the script of someone they care about can evoke a powerful and poignant response (Van der Meer, 2019).  Thus, by using personalised stationery for thank yous, you are not only expressing gratitude but also evoking a deep emotional connection.  This leaves a lasting impression that can improve professional relationships and increase future opportunities for collaboration.

In short, never overlook the mighty power of hand penning a delightful "thank you" on luxury cards—whether swanky embossed cards or personalised blank cards.  Unleashing your inner wordsmith with a handwritten note not only knits you closer to others but also radiates authentic gratefulness and boosts your own feel-good vibes.  In a world where digital chatter tends to fade and feel detached, a bespoke correspondence card waves the flag for intimacy through the timeless art of warm, handwritten communication.  So, when it's time to share your thanks, why not grab some exquisite note cards and a trusty pen? You just might create a ripple effect of gratitude far beyond your wildest dreams!

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