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.

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  • 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 graduated from Washington University in St Louis in May 2020! He majored in Electrical Engineering/Comp Sci while pursuing Entrepreneurship. In his free time, he likes to play the guitar, bike and help startups create a professional on-line presence.

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

Gratitude Mini-Journey

Gratitude Mini-Journey

In a recent article I read, the author describes one man’s journey to write one thank you note a day for 365 days. Even in the face of seemingly unfortunate circumstances, the man was able to find one thing every day to be grateful for. That man became the author of the best selling book “A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life” by John Kralik.

Sooo…I guess it worked!

Believe it or not, thanking and expressing gratitude isn’t just a temporary high. There are plenty of studies that show the long-term effects of thanking. In fact, people who regularly express gratitude report more positive moods and optimistic daily outlooks.

Armed with this information I started thinking. What if I ran a little experiment with the less grandiose goal of one thankr every day for just one month: the month of February. For me, February is one of those restless in-between months where the holidays are over but spring has not yet sprung. I want to do something but I’m also unmotivated. It’s very confusing.

Some of the results are shown below. As full disclosure, it was my goal to send one thankr every day but hey, I’m human, I allowed distractions and I am still working toward completing my February thankrs (I’ve got a few more to go). But I’m going to cut myself some slack because I do feel good and, really, thanking should be fun, humorous, loving and sincere – not a job and not a burden.

Please check out some of my thankrs below (HINT: click the pic for the full experience).


Sending love to a team member

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BRANDING: local dress shop with great style

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Just… Ray.

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VIDEO: thanks to someone in my universe for helping me

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Thanks to a friend featuring Notorious B.I.G

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Met someone who could relate

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A serious thank you (I do have it in me)

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Wine night (only some of the damage featured)

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BRANDING: using thankr to thank potential clients

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Fun night with new vendor

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Thanks to a new friend for dinner

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