It feels good to thank and be thanked. Which got us wondering:

What would happen if we all did a lot more of it? 

What if we could show others more appreciation for all the big and little things they do in a fun and easy-to-send digital card?

With that, thankr was born.

iPhone Mockup
  • Danielle Gillespie

    thankr is my middle name

    Danielle Gillespie is tech-crazy, LOVES video and discovered the fun in thanking more than 10 years ago. Her personal motto, “it’s a great day to thank someone!” She encourages you to give it a try and see what you think.

    Giving Back: Girl's Hope of Pittsburgh, Summerbridge Pittsburgh, Tull Family Theater

  • Beth Pyle

    thankr extraordinaire

    Beth Pyle runs a VERY active household and is also the mother of two energetic young children who keep her running at warp speed. She believes in the power of the thank you note but had to brace herself for the challenge of getting her kids to write them! Beth is a founding member of the thankr team and wants to help moms everywhere simplify their lives.

    Giving Back: Austin's Playroom, Edgeworth Elementary School, Local Youth Sports

  • Max Gillespie

    thankr team

    Max Gillespie is entering his junior year at Washington University in St. Louis. He is majoring in Electrical Engineering/Comp Sci and pursuing Entrepreneurship. In his free time, he likes to play the guitar and program.

    Giving Back: Huntsman Cancer Institute, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Sewickley Academy

A thankr is Born

A thankr is Born

Sure, thanking someone for a gift is a no-brainer. Thanking someone for doing something nice for you, is a given. But what about the small thanking? Sometimes that stuff tends to slip through the cracks or, is even blatantly ignored. And what about when you simply don’t feel like being thankful?

There are times when talk of gratitude feels a lot like it’s all rainbows and unicorns offering limitless happiness and joy. Frankly, I’m personally just not wired for rainbows and unicorns so I was naturally skeptical that thanking could be anything more than a chore. But guess what? After some sole-searching and personal evaluation a while back, I discovered the power of gratitude. And thanking can be not only self-serving but it can also be damn fun!

As a result of this introspective, we set out to build the thankr app and although it will never be goopy, it will ALWAYS be fun (even if you hate seeing yourself on camera).

In fact, one of my first thankrs was to a professional advisor of mine who is a bit ornery. I sent him a heartfelt thank you (because he really does provide assistance and help) dripping in sarcasm and humor. By the time I was done creating the thankr I was cracking up and couldn’t wait for him to view it.

Since having sent that first thankr, I have sent many more but I have also received a whole bunch of super funny thankrs from friends of the project.

In one case, the thankr was the husband poking fun at his wife by saying he was thankful she loved him as much as she loved her mobile phone (we’ve all been there). Needless to say, she sent me a thankr for giving him a new vehicle to mock her!! It was hilarious.

On a different occasion, two individual professional friends of mine (who did not know each other) coincidentally met in Napa, California while they were on their respective trips (how weird is that?). They sent me very funny thankrs toasting their discovery of their mutual friend (me) and common hometown.

Both thankrs totally made my day – not only adding some much needed humor to the day but also, well, it was just nice to know someone was thinking of me!

So give it a go and randomly thank someone for something small, I guarantee you will feel good and they will feel even better. In the best case, you might even add some needed cheer to somebody’s day.

Bottom line is that today, for me, thanking is no longer a chore but it has simply become an enjoyable habit.

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