An Attitude of Gratitude


I am a working mother and have a very active 16 month old little girl.  Juggling my busy life with RR MS takes help and I am thankful to have a great support network.

Thank you note writing

If you are thankful, say so.

More than ever now that I am a mother, I find myself writing thank you notes.  I am from the school of thought that thank you notes are pretty much always appropriate.  In the current times, a lax way of thanking someone is to send a text message or an email.  I prefer to take a minute to send a thoughtful, handwritten note when someone does something for me that I appreciate.

As a new mom, I have sent more thank you notes in the last year and a half than I have sent in my life!  Now that my daughter can hold a crayon in her hand, she also adds a scribbled message to notes that relate to her.    

But this continues a trend as I have always used thank you notes when I come in contact with medical professionals who give me great service. As I have RR MS, I have a host of doctors, nurses and phlebotomists that have made my life easier and oftentimes less painful.  When someone in the medical field does something nice for me, I thank them.   Even when I have been super sick, it is always on the top of my to-do list when I feel better to acknowledge the people that helped me.  

So as a committed thank you note writer, here are my tips:

  • Buy cards in bulk.  The cards don’t necessarily have to say “thank you” and they can be blank.  I usually have a variety in my stash to choose from because choosing a unique card is another way of personalizing the note.
  • Keep the cards on-hand.  If the cards are at work and at home, there is never an available excuse not to send one.  
  • Be sincere.  Think about what you are going to say before you start writing.  I have received thank you cards following bridal and baby showers that are handwritten with repeatable stock language.  A thank you card that is insincere can be as rude of a gesture as not sending a note at all.
  • Be timely.  Take the time to write your notes but also find the time to mail them promptly.

More on the art of thank you note writing.



  1. Meranda~
    I’m with you, I was taught to write thank you notes! My husband’s great-grandmother went so far as to say that the gifts will quit coming if we neglect the thank you! My mom has recently taken Grandma Lois’ stand. With all that, I never thought of writing a thank you note to medical staff! I bet they would really appreciate our hand written expression of gratitude! Thank you for the idea!

  2. Ah that’s such a nice gesture! I think I might have some thank you’s to write.. Thanks for the idea 😉

    • Hey Andy!
      I know Meranda will be replying, I just want to sneak in a quick ‘hi’ and tell you that I’m like you with notes to write!

    • Thanks for leaving a comment Andy! I am taking my own advice and sending out a few notes in today’s mail. Have a great day! Meranda

  3. This is a nice thing to keep alive…Thank You notes

  4. Its has been a habit of mine to send thank you notes. Its indeed a lovely gesture. It seems you have mastered the art of sending thank you notes Miranda. Thanks for the tips.

    • Mlissabeth~
      That is a simple yet great idea! I’m going to give it a try, but only put the urgent notes on because I have so many things to do that my screen would be covered up! I really like having a bunch of things to do~ I like a busy life but order is imperative!

  5. My wife is MyStrength – she is my support, my memory, my comforter…and my friend.

    With her on my side, MS is MadeSurvivable.

    • Tony~
      Thank you for sharing~ I’m happy for you that your spouse help you with what you need to enjoy life, even while living with MS!

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