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Never Underestimate the Power of Thank-You Notes
When is the last time you sent out a thank-you card or note? If it's been a long time, don't feel bad! A University of Texas study of 334 people found that most of them felt awkward about writing and sending thank-you notes. Yet this simple gesture is very important for both you and the gift-giver! 
A recent issue of Psychological Science reported that the act of sending a "thank you" provided mental and emotional benefits to the writer of the note! Expressing and feeling gratitude fights depression and improves attitude. In turn, this contributes to greater self-esteem and improved productivity. 
Receiving a thank-you note provides the recipient with a sense of being recognized and appreciated. This validation is far-reaching and powerful. Recipients remember the gesture for much longer than you'd think! 
In fact, the absence of a proper thank-you can even create damage. Here's an example from a "Dear Abby" column published in December 2018:
"DEAR ABBY: I am an estate planner who would like to say that folks who don't believe in writing thank-you letters have no idea how much they may have lost by not sending those little notes of gratitude. I am talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars that have not gone to people who failed ... more

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