Letter of thanks

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Thank you letter sent by the US government to test subjects of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

A letter of thanks or thank you letter is a letter that is used when one person/party wishes to express appreciation to another. A thank you letter should be written as a standard business letter or personal letter, and should not normally exceed one page. Personal thank you letters can be hand-written in cases in which the addressee is a friend, acquaintance or relative. Thank you letters are also sometimes referred to as letters of gratitude. These types of thank you letters are usually written as formal business letters.

Business[edit]

There are numerous situations in day-to-day business that can warrant a thank you letter. Some typical situations include: appreciation for special consideration extended by another organization, thanking a speaker for a presentation at a board meeting, customer appreciation letters thanking customers for their patronage, thanks to employees for exceptional service or performance, thanks to an individual or organization for a customer referral, appreciation to volunteer service workers for their personal contributions to a public service campaign, etc....

Personal[edit]

As with business situations, there are many instances in day-to-day life that can warrant a formal thank you letter. Examples of typical personal thank you letter situations include: a follow-up thanks after a job interview or offer, thanks to a company or institution in appreciation for exceptional customer service received, letter to friends and/or neighbors for their support during a difficult period, letters for wedding gifts, thanks to a service club or agency for support given to family members, social occasion thank you letters for a wide variety of social situations,

Recent News Stories About Thank You Notes[edit]

Several major news sources have recently run articles highlighting the benefits of expressing thanks via the hand-written thank you note,[1][2][3] Science calls the act of expressing gratitude a "Gratitude Intervention" and many counselors have examined the physical, emotional, and psychological benefits of expressing gratitude,[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guy Trebay April 4, 2014 New York Times
  2. ^ Joann Lublin, February 5, 2008
  3. ^ NPR Staff article, December 22, 2010
  4. ^ R.A. Emmons, M.E. McCullough, 2003, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Vol. 84, No. 2, 377–389
  5. ^ M.L. Peters,Y.M.C. Meevissen, M.M. Hanssen, TERAPIA PSICOLÓGICA 2013, Vol. 31, Nº 1, 93-100