Everyone appreciates being thanked, but there are times when a little humour is called for along with the thanks. Humour can be especially useful if the thanks is belated, or if you are thanking someone for helping you out of an awkward situation. Whether it is a friend who has kept you laughing, a co-worker whose comedy has made the workday a little brighter, or a family member who shares your earliest inside jokes, a little levity along with the note is a personal touch that makes the thank you more meaningful.
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Thank you cards with funny sayings or drawings are available at any stationery store or in the greeting card aisle of any local store. For a more personal touch, make your own card using found objects. You can use a thank you torn from a convenience store grocery bag or other commercial item. For a belated thanks, spell out "Thank You" from letters cut out of magazines and use it to accompany a note about how your thanks would have been on time but was held for ransom.
A regular card can be livened up with a humorous quote. You can use one from your favourite sitcom or comedian, or appropriate a quote from a politician or celebrity. For someone with a sarcastic sense of humour, a quote like Eminem's "To the people I forgot¸ you weren't on my mind for some reason and you probably don't deserve any thanks anyway," will get a laugh--but be cautious when using sarcasm, as it can inadvertently offend, leaving you owing a thanks and an apology.
The easiest way to insert a little humour into a thank you is with a poem. Writing one for the occasion requires only some rhyming skills. Whether you are creative enough to come up with a limerick or your own rhyme scheme, or you just rewrite "Roses are Red" to fit the occasion (for example: "Roses are red, Violets are blue, You covered my carpool shift, and I really thank you!"), a heartfelt poem doesn't have to be a knee-slapper to get a smile.
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