One of the best things to do right now is to put more care into the world. And whether you’re feeling the distance between you and the ones you love, or you know someone who could use some encouraging words, sending a card is an easy, thoughtful, personal way to stay connected.
To get started, think of people who would especially benefit from a kind gesture in card form. We’ve got some ideas about that and what exactly you could say. Let’s all remember to stay close—even when we’re apart.
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A card gives you space to say things you might not mention over the phone or on FaceTime. Tell your sister what she means to you, thank your parents for all they taught you, or remind your grandmother she’s in your thoughts every day.
Or slip a card under the door or pillow for one of the people you live with. It’s easy to take one another for granted when you’re together 24/7—take a few moments to give a tangible, handwritten reminder of your love.
Mail one to the doctor who responds to your texts and the nurse who patiently answers all your questions. Hand one to the cashier at the super-busy supermarket. Next time you pull up to the curb at your favorite local restaurant, trade a thank-you note for your takeout. Consider a gratitude challenge: Writing a few thank-yous a week to the people who do so much good for so many.
Get tips on how to write a thank-you note.
Check in on friends near and far with a short note. Include a reminder of your phone number and email address, so they can call if they need anything or just want to swap stories.
Here are some ideas for what to write in a friendship card.
Is your office squad crushing the whole work-from-home thing? Send notes to tell them they rock, thank them for their patience, and let them know you can’t wait to see them back at the office.
Get some suggestions about what to write in a thank-you note.
When times are tough, knowing someone has your back and believes in you can make all the difference. Send encouraging words to a friend who’s lost their job, a mom having a hard time coping or anyone who seems like they need some extra support.
Take a look at our video and message ideas for what to write in an encouragement card.
We don’t always know everyone on our block or in our building. Introduce yourself—providing contact information, if you’re comfortable—and let them know they can call on you as needed.
Or invite your neighbors to a safe-distance hangout: Suggest a day and time for folks to take to their porches or driveways for louder-than-usual conversations and lots of waving. (Remember—everyone brings their own snacks and beverages.)
The heroes who share their knowledge and their examples with your kids every day always love a “thank you.” But when they’re working to translate their lesson plans to online sessions (maybe while teaching their own kiddos), a little extra appreciation is in order.
Or find a former teacher’s address and send them a note to say how they influenced you.
Learn how to approach a long overdue thank-you letter.
When hospital visits aren’t possible or you can’t get out to drop off chicken noodle soup, a get-well card is your surrogate. Let someone near or far know they’re on your mind and in your prayers.
Get suggestions on what to write—and what to avoid—in a get-well card.