Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., my thoughts turned to the idea of being grateful and saying “thank you.” One thing I’m thankful for this week is the fact that I’ve gotten on top of my email and it’s no longer a scary behemoth. Since email is a constant challenge for me, I’ve always been torn over whether to send quick “thank you” emails to acknowledge something, or to finish up an email conversation. I’m very hesitant to contribute to others’ email glut.
But I will no longer struggle with this.
I’ve concluded that I will always send a “thank you” email when it makes sense. Here’s why:
1. Gratitude is always appropriate. I don’t think it’s ever wrong to say thank you.
2. The value of a thank-you outweighs the concern over “too many emails.” It’s easy for the recipient to quickly delete the email if they want.
3. A thank-you email lets the other person know you received their communication. It can also signal that a conversation has been satisfactorily concluded.
4. People appreciate being acknowledged. It’s basic human nature to want to be recognized for something you’ve done.
5. Gratitude is good for my soul. Regardless of how the other person takes it, I am always better for taking a moment to be thankful for something. Anything.
I also realized that if I want to make things easier for the recipient, I can write “Thank you – EOM” in the subject line so they don’t even have to open the email. (EOM = end of message — the entire message is in the subject line.)
So what do you think — have I made my case for the “thank you” email?
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