I work in executive search. It's a relationship business. Period. Yet, to reinforce these relationships and truly thank someone for their time, whether a referral or even a search assignment, nothing comes close to a handwritten note.
Because despite how obnoxious and out of control and rude and selfish my toddler often is, he's often more polite than most adults I encounter, including Yours Truly. At least my toddler has an excuse for those times that he behaves badly: He's a toddler. What's ours?
It's important to give thanks, in person and on paper. To let the people in our lives know that we are grateful. Not just for the things that they have given to us but for their presence in our lives. For their friendship. For their love and their kindness.
While making resolutions can be productive, let's face it, women are way too hard on themselves. So, instead of lofty goals of losing hundreds of pounds, swearing off chocolate forever, and meeting your prince, I propose we start small.
To have good manners is to consider the emotional well-being of someone besides yourself, which is why I have often emphasized the importance of saying "thank you" to anyone who has done something for you. But is it possible to thank someone too much?