3 Helpful Tips On How To Write Gratitude Letters

How long has it been since you took the time to thank someone? Life is crazy-busy, and it's not often we take the time to express gratitude.

Showing appreciation for those around you is important for healthy relationships and has a positive effect on your own mental health. For something different, grab a pen and paper to write gratitude letters for the special people around you!

Our friends at The Oranges Toolkit originally shared these tips and ideas for gratitude letters. The profits from their impactful programs are returned to Camp Quality, directly helping us to support kids facing cancer.

Gratitude (noun): the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Stepping away from your screen and using a pen and paper may feel nicer. A handwritten letter is always special to receive.

Other tips for your gratitude letter include:

Be specific

Think of a moment or an act of kindness that touched your heart and is worth writing down.

Mention how it made you feel

An act of kindness has the power to change your mood. If someone has made you feel valued or appreciated, or their kind gesture left you with a smile all day, let them know!


To send or not to send?

You can choose to send your gratitude letter or keep it for yourself, simply writing down how you felt will benefit your wellbeing.


If you would like to express gratitude but no-one comes to mind, take the time to write to yourself. Talking to yourself doesn't mean you're crazy! Speaking kindly to yourself is great for a positive headspace and can also remind you to do something each day that your future self would be grateful for. Be your own best friend!