On weekend mornings, I head over to my local Starbucks for a grande green tea latte (sweetened) and a blueberry scone (warmed). The head barista there always remembers me and my order. (In fact, today my order was already ready when I arrived!) These little acts of kindness really put a smile on my face and I'd like to show my appreciation. What do you suggest? [more inside]
I am really bad with sending thank you notes / cards. I would like to do better. I have a major backlog of thank yous to send out, and I’d like some assistance with some aspects of that. Mostly I am asking about what makes a good thank you note, and how to deal with crafting one when it is very overdue. [more inside]
A family acquaintance (he and my parents belong to the same hobby group but are not particularly close) is a lawyer who is negotiating down debt for me after an extremely expensive medical issue was not covered by insurance. He has been exceedingly generous with his time, and refuses any payment. But just saying 'hey thanks' and going on my way feels awful. [more inside]
My sister just saved our Hawaii vacation. How should we thank her? [more inside]
My wife and I are blessed to have kind and generous families, for which we are deeply thankful. The "catch" is that we cannot stop them from giving us things we don't need or want (examples within). My wife and I try always to be gracious when receiving gifts, which results in even more of the things we don't need or want. Do you have recommendations for breaking this cycle? [more inside]
For example, should the phrase be "I care naught for him" or "I care not for him"? I see the argument for the former (i.e. "I care nothing for him") and the latter ("I don't care for him"), but is one better than the other? Are they interchangeable, or significantly different?
What makes a good Barbecue? [more inside]
I want to get an awesome gift for the awesome doctor that operated on my unborn son and then made everything possible to accompany us through the rest of the pregnancy and up til the day the baby was born. What can possibly be good enough to show how thankful I am for all his hard work and his professional and personal quality? [more inside]
I had a first interview for a job today. Before I left, they said they wanted me to come back next week for a second interview (yay!). I sent a thank you email when I got home after the interview. I'm usually in the habit of sending a snail mail note after a first interview (it has secured a second interview in the past) but with a second interview already planned should I send the snail mail note this time around? Or save that for after the second interview? Thanks in advance for your advice.
You guys, it was cray: I reported a stolen iPhone to the police this morning, and they actually helped me get it back! There was even a sting operation involving plain clothes officers. Any ideas about how I can express my thanks to the sergeant? A simple thank you card, or something better?? Thanks!
A couple of administrators at work have gone so far above and beyond the call of duty to help me in a crunch that I want to thank them with gifts. Help me choose the right way to express my thanks. [more inside]
I had a job interview on Friday for a position I'm very excited about. I got the interview after speaking to a woman from this company at a job fair, who passed along my resume and promised to put in a good word for me since my advisor (who knows her professionally) spoke to her and vouched for me after I mentioned meeting her at the fair. I want to send her a thank you email but I could use some assistance on the details. [more inside]
We have a very awesome landlord whose house we're moving out of. We'd like to get her something to show our appreciation. [more inside]
What's a good thank you gift for the people who helped me survive school? [more inside]
I just got tenure at a small college. I'd like to thank the people who helped make this happen for me. What's appropriate?
I just got tenure at a small college. I'd like to thank the people who helped make this happen for me. What's appropriate? [more inside]
I just got back from a brilliant fieldwork stint in a remote location - an experience that was made possible due to the assistance of some National Parks employees. What can I do to say thanks? [more inside]
What is an appropriate housewarming gift for someone I don't know in person? [more inside]
I just had a job interview I wasn't thrilled about. In a fluster, I sent my writing samples with a two sentence thank you note. I'd like to salvage the flubbed interview if I can. Should I mail a lengthier thank you letter, or just let it go?
Should one on the receiving end of altruism try to reciprocate later, or remain silent and grateful? Is it creepy to seek out those who in chosen anonymity extended help to say thanks?
Flowers and chocolates send the wrong impression -- what are some cool thank you / thinking of you / humorous friend gifts?
What are some quirky, interesting, funny or sweet gifts to give people thanking them for being awesome? [more inside]
Someone made a small, kind gesture to me years ago. It was just a few kind words but it meant a lot at the time. Do I email him and thank him? Or is that too weird? [more inside]
How do I thank my dentist for going above and beyond? [more inside]
How can I show gratitude in a socially appropriate way? [more inside]
Is there a way that I can get Twitter to automatically send a private message to new followers, to thank them for following me? [more inside]
University-etiquette filter: I received a great grant and would like to thank the professors who helped me through the rigorous application process. Is a good bottle of wine a proper choice? [more inside]
What can we do to thank some extremely helpful Emergency Room staff? [more inside]
Help me do something sweet for a friend. [more inside]
My wife and I have been together for 10 years and for the next few, she is giving me a gift that I fear I can never repay. I recently began medical school at the age of 32 and, as you might imagine, just getting to this point required several serious sacrifices on her part. I've just finished my first "block" and have a week of vacation before the next block begins. I'm at home all day while she's working and I want to spend my time showing her how much I love her, how much I appreciate her sacrifices, and how I realize that I couldn't do this without her. I'm doing the normal things like making nice dinners, cleaning the house, and tackling honey-do items. But what else can I do? I'm looking to the hive to help me be creative. [more inside]
I need to find a good way to say thanks to a friend of mine. [more inside]
Is it appropriate to send some sort of thank-you gift to people who have served as references? I'm asking both as a general practice as well as in a specific instance - in this case, people went out of their way to write me recommendation letters for grad school. What is the appopriat way to thank them?
What are some good appreciation gift ideas for a thesis advisor who was kind when the project took far longer than originally planned? [more inside]
I'm looking for songs about gratitude/giving thanks. [more inside]
SappyFilter: What are you thankful for? (MI) [more inside]