It's always nice to be validated. For years and years, we've stressed the importance and pleasure of the act of sending thank you letters in the mail. Now, a study published in the the journal Psychological Science supports that idea with scientific evidence that people underestimate the power of the thank you. Reader's Digest reports that:
"The senders of the thank-you letters consistently underestimated how positive the recipients felt about receiving the letters and how surprised they were by the content. The senders also overestimated how awkward the recipients felt; and they underestimated how warm, and especially how competent, the recipients perceived them to be. Age and gender made no difference to the pattern of findings."
So, hey folks, thank you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for writing. Thank you for enjoying this wonderful world of letter writing with me and Kathy. Thanks for every kind word, every comment, every like, just thanks for everything. Now I challenge you to take all those good feelings and share them with someone else. Spread the gratitude. It is a scientifically-proven "powerful act of civility."