365 Thank Yous

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Posted December 16, 2010 by Marcy Twete in Networking Buzz

Watching ABC this morning, I saw a profile on John Kralik, the author of the new book 365 Thank Yous. This man, going through a rough time in his life, turned to gratitude to help him through. So he set a New Years Resolution to write a thank you note every day for a year, and what he found was his life changed for the better and he realized his life wasn’t so bad after all…he had a lot more than he thought to be thankful for. Click here for the full GMA report.

Now, I don’t know about writing a thank you every day for a year (that’s a mighty long resolution to keep), but the notion is inspiring, and I’ve gotten a taste of John’s medicine this past week. I’ve had a meeting nearly every day since I got here with individuals willing to help me get my feet wet here in Chicago and start my job search off on a positive note. And after every meeting, I’ve written a hand written thank you note as well as an email follow up. And it feels good.

How many times does someone do something for you where you think, in your head, “Hey, thanks!” What if every time that happened, you picked up a thank you note and wrote it down. Nothing fancy just a quick thanks and words of gratitude? Would your future interactions with that person change? Would you develop a deeper relationship? Would you feel better about yourself? You might.

Yesterday, I bought a new box of 50 thank you notes, ensuring I have the tools on hand to pick up a pen and send a note whenever I think, “Hey, thanks!” We can all learn from Mr. Kralick. Join in the gratitude trend!


About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.

4 Comments


  1.  
    Chunky Knubby Navel

    This is a really good idea. I think I might get a few thank you notes and join you =)

    Whitney




  2.  
    Brilliant Opportunities

    Another blog that does this is called
    http://www.thxthxthx.com by this lady named Leah….
    Hers are funny and thoughtful. It's a great idea!!!




  3.  
    Christine

    If you did both, what is written for the follow up email and the thank you note? How do you make sure to make it sound different?




    •  

      Great question! I would keep the follow up email short and sweet. Day thank you for XYZ and that’s about it. Take more time to go into detail in the written thank you note. There, you can pull out thoughts from your conversation etc.





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