In the Cure, Maxwell suggests always including a Thank You note with your rent check. We've never thought to do this during the year, but around the holidays we like to include a special thank you for the people that help us in everyday ways: the mailman, the neighbor that waters while we're on vacation, the delivery guy at the office. Saying thank you helps to spread good will and a sense of real abundance in a season when many will be feeling that perhaps they don't have enough. Here are some ideas for how to say thank you:
• Cash: Especially this year a small cash thank you would be appreciated and appropriate for the the gardener, delivery man, handyman or a housekeeper.
• Thoughtful note: Now is the time to say a heartfelt thank you to those people that helped throughout the year. Maybe you had an emergency and a neighbor helped out. You might have thanked them at the time, but it's worth another note. People appreciate handwritten thank you's and around the holidays it helps to spread good cheer and abundance. Did someone help you out with career advice? Give you a great recommendation for a reliable handyman?
• Something Homemade: We brought our mechanic some homemade cookies for christmas one year and they looked at us like we were nuts. Apparently people didn't often come by and say thank you so the gesture was that much more appreciated.
• Fresh Fruit: Right now satsumas and winter citrus are abundant at the farmers market. Drop off a sack of yummy tangerines to people you want to say thank you to, but that you don't necessarily need to give a gift to. Fruit will get enjoyed and won't take up space past the holidays.
How do you say thank you?