Do you still send thank you cards?

Sitting down to write thank you cards after birthdays and Christmas was a regular tradition for many of us growing up. But how many of us can say the same as adults?

Like so many things, it seems technology has replaced sending proper thank you cards for lots of us, with 59% of millennials admitting they only manage a thank you text – according to Moonpig, who polled 1000 people aged 18-35.

Most of us really enjoy receiving thank you cards though, with 55% of the survey respondents agreeing it makes them feel loved and appreciated.

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This feel-good factor isn’t one-sided, either as thank you cards can trigger reward centres in the brain for both the sender and the recipient.

We love getting thank you cards from the children in our family. Not because we expect them – but because seeing their handwriting and arty creations if they’ve made the card themselves is an absolute heart-booster.

Thank you cards are wonderful to send and receive. That doesn’t mean a thank you text doesn’t have its place either. After all, technology is a big part of our lives now, and sometimes there’s a lot going on.

The last thing anyone needs is yet another stick to bash themselves with. Sometimes, a text is all you can manage, or a verbal thanks over the phone or in person. That’s really ok. In fact, how lovely is it if somebody calls to say a heartfelt thanks? Keeping score and guilt-tripping is not what it’s about, and if this past year-and-a-half has taught us anything, it’s that we could all use a bit of grace sometimes.

The sheer fun of finding post with your name on it coming through the letterbox, which isn’t a bill or junk mail surely shouldn’t be lost in this age of technology? When was the last time you sent or received a thank you card?

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