11 'Thank You' Notes You Should Write, But Probably Haven't

11 'Thank You' Notes You Should Write, But Probably Haven't

Not all heroes wear capes.

Once upon a time, I needed groceries.

So, I hopped in my car and headed over to Walmart. While pacing the greeting card aisle, I noticed the packs of "Thank Yous" hanging on the grated shelf at the end of the lane.

I thought to myself, "Do people ever buy these aside from when they want to thank their guests for coming to their events and/or providing gifts?"

Why do we only send these notes of appreciation out of obligation or when someone else does something specifically in our favor? There are so many aspects of life that go unnoticed and unappreciated.

With the help of some overly used memes, I present to you a list of every-day people that deserve a little more love.

1. Custodians

Think about all those times you were in a rush to use the bathroom, but it was blocked off by a cart full of cleaning supplies. They do the job that everyone needs done, but no one wants to do. Thank them.

2. The Garbage Crew

It's irritating enough when roommates don't take out the trash. Can you imagine if the dumpsters were never emptied? Like janitors, they do what everyone needs done but doesn't want to do. Thank them.

3. Waiters/Waitresses

If you've never worked in food service, then this one's especially for you. A little bit of kindness goes a long way – even something as simple as stacking your plates before you leave the table. They put up with a lot of unnecessary attitude just to pay their bills. Thank them.

4. Customer Service

It's more than likely, they've been hung up on and called a plethora of names since they clocked in. Whatever customer service question, comment or concern you may have is what they're getting paid to help you with, but keep in mind that they probably aren't the reason you're upset in the first place. They're people, too. Thank them.

5. Professors

You may have six different ones to worry about, but they have to keep track of hundreds of students. They also aren't getting paid as much as you think they are. If they brightened your day or have a great teaching style or said something in lecture that stuck with you, send a positive email. Thank them.

6. Nurses

It doesn't matter if it's in the emergency room or in the doctor's office. Their jobs are crucial. If you think the wait is too long, imagine how much worse it would be if they weren't there. Thank them.

7. Cashiers

They are not time travelers. They have no way of turning back the clock to last week when your coupon wasn't expired. They also have no control over company policies that prevent you from returning a worn pair of shoes from three years ago. Thank them.

8. Construction Workers

Traffic sucks – I know, but as you sit in the AC and post it on your Snapchat story, construction workers are enduring whatever the weather conditions are in an effort to get you where you're going safely and efficiently. Be patient. Leave earlier. Thank them.

9. Caregivers

This is easily the hardest job for no pay. If someone you know is a caregiver (even if it's for someone you don't know), consider treating them to dinner or coffee to help them relax for a minute.

10. That Girl From Math

I use this term loosely, because it can be anyone you see on a regular basis who makes your day just a little bit brighter. You don't even have to know their name! Maybe they're always smiling at you or always holding the door, or they just have one of those personalities that brings joy to any room they enter. Let them know their kindness is appreciated. Thank them.

11. The Staff Where You're A Regular

Morning coffee, everyday lunch spot, evening drink – whatever it may be, they're there: doing their jobs. Consider leaving a note of appreciation on your receipt or even sliding a note their way letting them know how much their effort is appreciated. Thank them.

Cover Image Credit: Aaron Burden

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As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

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3. I look up to...

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4. This art speaks to me because...

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5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

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14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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1. Weather


Summer comes with so many amazing things. But, one of my all time favorites is weather. The weather is perfect for a nice picnic or a pool party. The sun shining always puts people in a good mood.

2. Sleep


Summer is the time to catch up on all the sleep you've missed this past year due to studying or doing homework. Now, you can freely sleep in and stay up as long as you want while getting the full 8 hours or more.

3. Vacations/ Stay-cations


This is the time to go explore and travel the world and experience new things. Seeing new cultures around the world and trying new foods is a great part of going on vacation. If not going on vacation, staying at home and relaxing is always a great way to rest your body and brain from everything.

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