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Heather Murphy’s article on gratitude explores the under appreciated benefits of a heartfelt thankyou note - and our reluctance to send to them.

New research showed the recipients of an emailed expression of gratitude felt much more “ecstatic” than writers expected.

We are now going to use your precious time to share a surprising new finding: People like getting thank you notes.

They also overestimate how insincere the note may appear and how uncomfortable it will make the recipient feel, their study found.

But after receiving thank-you notes and filling out questionnaires about how it felt to get them, many said they were “ecstatic,” scoring the happiness rating at 4 of 5. The senders typically guessed they’d evoke a 3.