Oh the joy of finding a love note, word of encouragement or appreciation tucked inside your jacket, purse, luggage, lunch bag or on your keyboard. The little things can mean a lot.
I’ve always enjoyed writing and giving little notes, pictures or an inspirational quote to show I care. I’m not necessarily talking about creating anything elaborate, but rather something I make on the spur of the moment. Think of a note or picture on a post-it note, index card or even a message written several pages ahead in a loved one’s notebook. (Parents seem to be particularly skilled in this practice, especially when it comes to wishing their kids good luck on an upcoming test or tryout/audition.)
I also like adding the element of surprise if I can. I think it’s best when the recipient comes upon these notes unexpectedly. And candidly, I probably enjoy the element of surprise as much as I enjoy letting someone know that I am thinking of them.
Here are some samples I found online that illustrate what I’m referring to:
Haven’t tried it? Don’t have a significant other or child? I also try to create these moments of delight by simply saying thank you.
I often like to recognize the help that I receive at work, by handing out thank you “notes.” I thank my co-workers, direct reports or even my boss when they have helped make a bad day better or if he/she has provided instrumental assistance/guidance on a project. I’ll also maintain that element of surprise by dropping off these notes when the recipient is away from his/her desk.
As a bonus, I found a great product made by Compendium, Inc. that makes my effort even more impactful. It’s a pop-open 2-1/4”w x 1-7/8″h card with “Thank you” on the front and an inspirational “thank you themed” quote revealed inside when you “pop” it open. Again, it’s not a formal note, it’s simply a few lines of appreciation that I write on the back (lines are provided), accompanied by a great quote. And while the quote is always a surprise, it’s ironic how often it seems tailor-made to the event or the help that inspired it.
Want to try it but don’t think you can draw or you need inspiration?
If you’re too unsure to create your own, you can buy these the cards. I found and buy mine at this MV gift shop, but you can purchase yours at this Compendium site. They sell 26 different themes!! – I didn’t know that they had so many. Personally I’ve used/sent four themes so far: “Thank you”, “You’ve Got a Friend”, “I Believe in You” and “Whatever it Takes.”
UPDATE 2016: Compendium has revamped the cards – some changes for the better others not sure (definitely more packaging which I’m not a fan of, but I do like the call out to “open” the card – which was quite tiny on earlier versions.) Their new site is http://www.live-inspired.com (which was automatically redirected in my link above.) The name of the product changed to “Thoughtfulls, (under “pop-open cards” in their Products drop down.) They also have “lunch mail” which are notes targeted to kids.
I’m also not clear on how the “thank you” and “thanks” cards differ – it’s not really spelled out on the site. (I own a new box of Thank you, Thoughtfulls and it’s a similar approach to those I’ve used in the past.)
So what are you waiting for? Make a big impact by sharing (and hiding?) an inspiring note of love, appreciation or luck today!
Do you have a unique way of showing that you care? I’d love to hear about it! Share it today.