1001 Ways to Say Thank You

"Gratitude is the most exquisite
 form of courtesy."

Jacques Maritain, 
French philosopher

Do you need to express gratitude a dozen times a day but find yourself stuck
for words when the moment comes?

And how often do you find yourself needing to write a graceful note of apology or a few lines of heartfelt condolence and find yourself searching in vain for just the right expression?


You're not alone! 

Every day we have so many reasons to give thanks, yet the right words, the ones that really say what is in our heart, are all too often elusive. 

Well, search no more. This book puts a wealth of moving words and phrases at your fingertips to help you express your feelings with warmth and sincerity. Special sections on apology and condolence cover these often overlooked needs.

Learn to say thank you with warmth, grace and ease and your life will begin to overflow with benefits. 

What you give out is what comes back to you.    People will smile when they think of you. Kindness, gratitude and warm feelings will return your way. Your courtesy, thoughtfulness and ability to acknowledge others will smooth your way and make you stand out powerfully in an increasingly high-speed, impatient, often rude world.

1001 Ways to Say Thank You is designed to make expressing gratitude, apology and condolence as easy as flicking open the pages to find exactly what you want to say instantly.  Just think of the time you'll save, the struggle and, best of all, you'll have fresh new words each time instead of saying the same old thing over and over again

Easy instructions help you write your letter.  

You will learn:

  • The right time to write your letter to make the best impression
  • The three most important things you must include every time
  • What to say first in a letter of condolence

  • How long you have to acknowledge a wedding gift

  • When you must NOT thank by email or telephone

  • What style of writing is best for you

  • The courteously prompt way to thank for dinner or hospitality

  • If you are bereaved, how soon you should  acknowledge expressions of sympathy

  • What  you must do at the end of a letter of apology

  • Why you must never think it's too late

  • And much more...

You will use the book every day


  • How many birthday, anniversary, graduation and Christmas gifts do you and your children get in a year? Each giver deserves a delightful thank you in your own hand. 

  • Dinners, parties, weekend stays, vacations at friends' cottages.  You'll find words to tell them how much you enjoyed the fun.

  • Do you have a new baby that's been showered with presents? Give the right impression from the start with a cheerful expression of happiness.

  • Did you neighbour look after your dog for a week or help you build a backyard fence?  Your note of appreciation will keep up the good relations and show how much you love living next door.

  • When illness or death touches your community, you are ready with beautiful words of comfort and deep sympathy.


  • Got a important new client?  Thank them for bringing the new business you need to succeed in these tough times.

  • Did your team come through ahead of schedule and under budget?  They've earned a deep  thanks from you.

  • How many follow up emails do you send out a week in response to information or services provided?  Wouldn't it be great to make your message of appreciation stand out from all the rest.

  • You  make speeches.  You give awards. You applaud promotions. You regularly commend employees for exemplary service.  Use of this vast variety of phrases to make those you are addressing feel very special indeed.

  • When your business makes a mistake, a swift, sincerely worded apology is critical to keeping customers and preserving confidence.  You'll find so many ways to say just the right thing to mend fences and ensure ongoing business in the future.

  • For those times when you have to express condolence on behalf of your business, you can now easily write a warm, dignified letter or card.


  • If you involved in any kind of charitable endeavour, you need to thank an awful lot of people.  And keep on thanking them.  Your copy of 1001 Ways to Say Thank You will become dog-eared with use.

  • Volunteers give so generously of their time.  They do it for the joy of helping --.  And they keep coming back when you let them know how very deeply their efforts are appreciated.

  • Donors make your charitable work possible.  Never miss an opportunity to thank them for their contributions.  Your carefully chosen words will make them want to give again and again.

  • Don't forget your hard-working staff, your major sponsors, the foundations that provide grants, the retailers who host your donation jars, the media outlets who announce your special events.  You never stop needing to say thank you.

1001 Ways to Say Thank You gives you everything you need.

1.) Simple, clear instructions 

You see how to write a letter of thanks, a letter of apology or a letter of condolence. Each letter is broken into parts, showing you exactly what to put in each section to get a beautifully crafted, finished letter you'll be proud of.

2.) Thousands of phrases,

In thesaurus form, this vast treasury is organized by key word, with cross referencing and alternate word choices, so you can find just the heartfelt words you were searching for.  The phrases are divided into:

Thank You Phrases
Over 115 pages alone of of richly textured phrases of thanks, gratitude and appreciation.  Look up "Congratulate", "help", "pleasure", "service", "generosity",  "gift". "esteem", "support" and hundreds of other keywords to find a bulleted list of glowing phrases containing that keyword.

Sincere words of apology for every need repair misunderstandings and make your damaged relationships whole again.

Warm, beautiful phrases of condolence help you express just how much you care.

Exclamations such as "Grateful forever!" or "You delivered!" add zing and really get attention.

Signatures such as "Admiringly yours," or "Remembering you," let you end with a flourish

3.) Sample letters

You can check out the large collection of sample letters dealing with every kind of situation from thanks for wedding and birthday gifts, roadside assistance, charitable donations, hospitality, and providing a reference for a job interview to congratulations on graduation and engagement, a letter on behalf of  a child and much. much more.  You will also find moving examples of condolence and apology letters.

Ideas, ideas, ideas! The phrases provide so many bright ideas easily adaptable to your special needs.

Never be daunted again by the need to write a prompt thank you, a sincere apology or a heartfelt letter of condolence.

So Easy to Use

  • The phrases are presented in bulleted lists arranged alphabetically by key word

  • There is lots of cross referencing and alternative word choices so you can find just the right expression for you.  Check out the sample entry below to see exactly what you are getting.


Sample Entry (Apology)

  • So very sorry to hear about
  • Extremely sorry to lose you
  • First, let me say how sorry I am
  • I'm so sorry to have to do this
  • Sorry to learn of your recent trouble
  • Sorry you couldn't share our day
  • No one is more sorry than we are
  • I can't tell you how sorry I am this happened
  • Sorry to learn of your recent troubles
  • Sorry is an understatement
  • You'll never be sorry
  • Very sorry to hear you have been ill
  • So sorry for the times I've let you down
  • Sorry to hear a member of our staff was rude
  • Sorry! We'll be right back
  • Sorry to take to so long to congratulate you
  • Sorry we can't be there to celebrate with you
  • Let me be the first to say I'm sorry
  • Responsible for this sorry state of affairs
  • ETC......
    Sorry: remorseful, guilty, repentant, apologetic, abject, chastened, crestfallen, sheepish, embarrassed, distressed, dejected, downcast

Sample Entry (Thanks)

  • I want to thank you publically
  • I wanted to thank you as
    soon as possible
  • Wish to thank everyone who pitched in
  • Your family will thank you
  • No one grows tired of being thanked
  • Thank each of you by name
  • We are thanking all our loyal customers
  • Thank you for the delightful
  • I look forward to thanking you
    in person
  • Children round the world will thank you
  • Thanking all who have helped and contributed
  • Must thank you for your
    support at this time
  • Consider yourself heartily thanked
  • If anyone deserves thanks,
    it's you
  • I thank you from the bottom
    of my heart
  • The committee thanks you in advance
  • Our first priority is thanking all those who have so generously contributed
  • I thank you most warmly
  • How can we ever thank you enough for all you've done
  • ETC.....
    Thank: acknowledge, be grateful, give thanks, offer thanks, tender thanks, appreciate, credit, recognize, repay, pay tribute, return a favour, requite, return, ETC....

Sample Entry (Condolence)

  • News of your loss has saddened us
  • While no words can easy your loss
  • Making the loss felt all the more keenly
  • A great loss for us all
  • An immense loss to the public
  • We all feel the loss
  • Such an unexpected loss dismays us all
  • This is indeed a tremendous loss
  • Still in shock for the loss of such a dear person
  • Our hearts are with you in your sad loss
  • Everyone in our family deeply mourns your loss
  • Such a loss defies understanding
  • Give comfort in your time of loss
  • Your loss is our loss
  • Never imagined such a loss could strike
  • A truly heartbreaking loss
  • ETC.......
    Loss: hurt, damage, harm, bereavement, sacrifice, deprivation, bereavement, ruin, collapse, grief, pain, sorrow



There are many reference books on the market these days, some people might even say too many. 1001 Ways to Say Thank You is one book that everyone can use. Have you ever wanted to write a note, be it apology, condolence, or a thank you note? If so, look no further; this book will come to your rescue. When it comes to writing thank you notes, everyone gets bogged down with what and how to say it. This book is broken down into easy-to-find categories with several options to pick from.

If you want to write an apology note, for example, the author has broken this section down into what types of apologies. You could be apologizing for not attending a function, your behavior, you forgot something or youíre just sorry for your actions.

Hamilton also gives several pointers, for example be prompt. You should send out a note within two to three days after you receive something from an individual or a company, or when a friend takes you out for a nice dinner. If someone gave you a gift you should send a note within two weeks. Lastly, if you are sending a thank you note because someone sent you a note expressing sympathy, you have up to six weeks to reply.

If you donít know where to start, thatís no problem. The authorís book even gives you sample letters to help you out. One point the author makes is that "a sincerely expressed thank you note can be a very powerful thing." I know this myself, my wife is very good at sending out thank notes, and I am amazed at the responses we get back from people. I have found that most people are surprised when they receive a thank you note. It shows them that you truly cared enough to write to them. A sincerely written note means so much more than a telephone call or a text message.

Gail Hamilton set out to write a book that can be helpful to the general public, and I have to say that she did a great job. The next time you need to write a thank you note and youíre stuck, head straight to 1001 Ways to Say Thank You. I highly recommend this book to everyone; whether youíre an individual or a business this is a must have.
Rebecca Reads


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