One of my favorite ways to show my gratitude is by writing a “thank you” note. I was inspired to try this after receiving a touching thank you note from one of my longest friends. She’s not the kind of person that is easily vulnerable, so it’s not a common activity for her to share about what our friendship means to her. One day, she gave me a note in an orange envelope. I was seeing her in passing, and she said it was nothing, just an assignment she had to do for an English class and to open it later. It was a thank you note addressed to me. In her handwriting, she shared the impact I had on her life and how much my friendship meant to her. She was thanking me for being her support system and for being in her life. I was so moved by this because I had never explicitly heard this sentiment expressed from her before. I was always aware that she was thankful for our friendship and that she was happy to have me in her life, but to have this tangibly written—it was so powerful. I’ll never forget it.

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