A Thank You Note to My Friends

by Samantha on June 25, 2010

As you know, I’m all about gratitude and appreciation. So, today I want my friends to know how grateful I am to have them in my life and how much they mean to me:

Thank you for being there for me through some of the most difficult times in my life.

Thank you for being genuinely happy for my success and good fortune, as if it were your own.

Thank you for forgiving my faults, and immature lapses in judgment, and for tolerating my idiosyncrasies.

Thank you for the phone calls, notes, e-mails, DMs, and IMs of support when I was overwhelmed with life.

Thank you for being my friend always, not just when it was convenient.

Thanks for letting me vent, and trusting me enough to tell me what’s bothering you.

Thank you for making time for me, even on your busiest days.

Thank you for not letting time or distance affect our friendship.

Thank you for being honest with me when I really needed you to be.

Thank you for asking how I’m doing, and actually wanting to hear the answer.

Thank you for hugs, smiles, inside jokes, and memories.

Thanks for understanding that I could never write a long enough blog post to express how much you all mean to me.

Okay, now it’s your turn. Take this opportunity to thank your friends. Leave a couple of lines or a couple of paragraphs in the comments, as much as you need. Then, copy and paste what you wrote into an e-mail and send it to them. Don’t be embarrassed to express how you feel. It’ll mean more than you know, and you’ll be so glad you did it. And feel free to send them a link to this post if you’re worried they’ll be confused by the random outpouring of gratitude :)

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  • http://magnolia-thoughts.blogspot.com magnolia

    i could not have survived the last two years without my friends, old and new, real-life and virtual. i love each and every one of them in their own way. friends are like oxygen, especially in times of trouble.

  • Susan Pogorzelski

    Dear Sam,

    Thank you, from the deepest corners of my heart, for being my friend.

    Thank you for your texts, DMs, twitter messages, and gchat conversations where we've laughed, cried, snarked, oohed, and cheered each other on. Friendships, aside from family, are what I hold dearest to my heart, what matters most in my life. Sometimes it's so very hard for me to open up to people, as through the years and personal experiences, I've had so many people exit my life — whether willingly or not, permanently or for a short period of time. It's easy for me to be a friend to others, but I've realized that it's not so easy for others to be a friend to me because of this fear, because I can be so reserved and hold back.

    But not with you. And not with so many others I've met in this social media world. Thank you for having patience with me, for being there in some of the darkest moments in recent memory. Thank you for helping to teach me that love is meant to be returned, that you can't have friendship or love someone with half of your heart. Thank you for showing me that what I've always believed a friendship to be — the love and the loyalty that extends beyond distance and doesn't fade with time — really does exist.

    Thank you for knowing the meaning of friendship and sharing that with others. You're a beautiful soul, Sam. I'll always believe I'm lucky to have met you.

    And now I need to end this comment before I start bawling with happiness. No tears, no tears! :)

  • Mehnazthawer

    The Thawer sisters send much love :)

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  • http://www.lifeschocolates.com sameve

    And I send much love back to the Thawer sisters :)

  • http://www.lifeschocolates.com sameve

    I'm totally with you. Everything you said basically sums up my feelings about my friends over the past couple of years. We are so lucky to have them! Thanks for the comment, and I hope things are looking up for you!

  • http://www.lifeschocolates.com sameve

    Wow, Susan…I don't even know what to say! I said write a note to your friendS, not write a note to just me that is incredibly sweet and touching and makes me want to cry!! Seriously, thank you SO much for your kind words. You have taught me a lot about friendship and strength since we first started talking, and I don't know what I would have done without you. You are a beautiful person (and an amazing writer) and I am incredibly lucky to have you in my life! Thanks for being a true friend :)

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    So beautiful, I love this.

    My friends uplift me, inspire me, make me laugh until my stomach hurts and I might pee my pants, know what I'm going to say or think before I even do, listen, talk and share. Friendships are key to life. Without them, I would crumble.

  • chandra bose

    I absolutely LOVE this! Masterfully written.
    Sample Friend Thank you Letter

  • Anonymous

    This is lovely!

  • michelle thompson

    i want to add on to the thank yous:
    thank you for being there for me when i was feeling my worst
    thank you for comforting me when i needed it
    thank you for for understanding my problems and accepting me for who i am
    thankyou for letting me know that you care
    thank you for helping me realize that my life does matter
    thank you for helping me find myself
    thank you for letting me cry
    thank you  for the hope you have given me
    thank you for being a friend

  • http://www.lifeschocolates.com sameve

    Great list, Michelle! Thanks for sharing!

  • Madroalm

    captivating and has a sense thank you

  • Dylanselden

    Thank You

  • Glory Ebri

    thank you for always making me happy, you are the best 

  • Emma Comma

    love this i wrote a letter to my friend and we both started to cry outside school

  • Sarah Mauboy

    My friends are people that i can count on and trust they are sensible but at time make me fall on the ground with laughter friends are my most important part of life they are my angels in disguise

  • ces

    a couple of thank you!

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    I am very glad to find that site and you have very interesting topic. I enjoyed a lot to read. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  • Kitkatlover

    I love my friends for being there for me through my darkest times and my accomplishments. Proving that people are trustworthy and do genuinely care, my best friends are incredibly loyal and solid. It’s not easy for me to let people in and open up due to past hurts and personal experiences, but not with them.They are truly amazing and incredibly intelligent people who make me laugh until my stomach hurts, indulge in mutual nerdy interests and read Classic American literature, cry with me, teach me what love truly means and teach me more about the world every day, and have given me the best memories of my life thus far. We met when we were teens and have grown so much together, both individually and collectively. These people mean the world to me, something beyond mere friendship. They are family and I’ll be forever grateful for meeting them. To the incredible people I’m lucky enough to call my best friends (yes there can be more than one, this isn’t elementary school) I love you all more than you know.

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