Sunday, April 1, 2012
With all that e-mailing, texting and Facebooking, chances are you're feeling rusty on the letter writing front! Peggy Post, co-author of the upcoming 18th edition of Emily Post's Etiquette shows you how to express your gratitude on paper.
Don't stress if it's a bit belated
Sooner is better but it's almost never too late to mail a "thank you". "I don't like to say within 24 hours or you'll be hit by a lightening bolt," Post says. "Write it anyway and don't say you're sorry - just move on."
Stick to three or four sentences
Name the gift or experience you're thankful for, one or two things you like or appreciate about it, and end with a nod to the future. "Looking forward to seeing you next month!" Then sign, seal and deliver.
Sound like yourself
"Be enthusiastic," Post says, "but more important, be sincere." If you're a naturally effusive person, go with it; otherwise, leave out the flowery adjectives. Just make it sound like you.
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