Express Yourself: Modern Ways to Say 'Thanks'
Written by: Allison Swan
Expressing gratitude doesn't always have to be a formal affair now that texts and emails have become socially polite. Whatever the medium, sending it sooner (three days or less) is always best, but better late than never. Here are some general rules for modern thank you notes:
Texts are best sent to close friends and family within a few hours. Avoid digital slang and swap the formal "dear" and "kindly" for a fun emoji. We all know how auto-correct can make some random corrections, so be sure to proofread before hitting send.
Emails are best for day-after reminiscences. There's much more room for details and anecdotes. Emails are especially useful to send after a job interview -- just be sure to make it personal and follow up with a physical thank-you after.
The best option for wedding, birthday, and shower gifts, especially for close relatives and bosses. Lean towards writing properly, but with that said, you still want to sound like yourself. Use "Mr." "Mrs." or "Ms." for anyone you're on a last-name basis with. Use whatever name or term of endearment with close friends and family. Compose the note in your head first to keep it conversational, using contractions. Type or write it out to organize your thoughts before putting pen to paper -- you don't want to ruin your nice stationary. Refer to the gift or event, and then call out something specific about it. Do you love the necklace your friend gave you so much you've been wearing it for a week? Let them know! Then, close the letter with warmly, kindly, best, or yours.