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Show Gratitude for Things You Often Take for Granted

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The U.S. Postal Service has its share of financial struggles, but that doesn't keep your faithful postal carrier from delivering your mail come snow or rain or gloom of night. Today, on Thank a Mailman Day, show your appreciation in some small way: Offer a kind word as you collect your bills, make sure your sidewalk is shoveled, or turn the tables and leave a thank-you card for him or her in your mailbox.

While you're at it, say thanks to the other unsung heroes in your life: your paper delivery boy, your child's teacher, or even your regular barista. After all, gratitude is good for you!

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Comments (13)

  • i love this reminder. we leave a little homemade treat, or a piece of "art" (loose term when your children are little, ha!) in our mail box as a surprise for our mailman every few months. he is tickled to find something waiting and regularly stops to chat with the kids-- who when they were little thought the mailman was on par with a movie star!!

  • my husband is a postal worker, and i wouldn't want to be out in some of the elements that he has to work in.
    Most people take his job for granted, but believe me they appreciate a kind word a pleasant conversation and maybe a thankyou now and then

  • Unfortunately being out in those conditions are part of a job that people signed up to do. I'll start appreciating my postal worker when they can start delivering my mail without bunching all of it up. Personally, my postal worker has delivered things marked fragile into my tiny urban mailbox, and I end up having weeks of hassle either getting them replaced, or I have to deal with broken stuff being delivered to my house.

    I have no sympathy for people who do a bad job, regardless of what their working conditions are. Empathy, maybe, but I'm not going to go out of my way to thank them unless they get it right. Speaking as a person who was unemployed for a few years no thanks to the economy bust, and has worked some terrible jobs with bad conditions to make ends meet in the meantime. But you know what? I still did my job well, because I have a Type-A personality, and an appreciation for leaving things better than I found them.

    So empathy, sure, but appreciating someone for a job badly done? Absolutely not.

  • My mail person is wonderful! I think this is the very least I can do. I'm not so good about shoveling my walk, but I really need to be more diligent; thank you for this reminder.

  • I live in a rural area and I really appreciate our postal worker. If she didn't deliver the mail every day to our mailbox at the end of the road, I'd only get my mail once a month when I go to town to do errands. I will definitely leave a "thank you" in our box today. Thanks for the reminder.

  • I had another horrible experience at my local post office in downtown Chicago yesterday. I hope the women I encountered there are at the top of the list to be fired. Rude, lazy, unhelpful and disrespectful. A real disgrace compared to the wonderful letter carriers and post office workers I've known in other parts of the country. There is no excuse for poor service and a crappy attitude.

  • As a retired Postmaster it pains me to hear when someone feels they have poor service from their Postal worker. Please file a complaint through the Postal service hotline when you have problems. I loved each of my customers like family and miss serving them.

  • Was not gonna say anything but could NOT hold back any longer! It ALL depends on service you receive & and where you live!!! When I lived in small town Ohio mail "people" were your friends. They WALKED the routes with huge leather bag strapped to their side. Trudging up small hills! For real!!! Snow, sleet, hail - for real up there! If you forgot to put a stamp - they put one on for you - still do!
    Now down here Florida - unreal!!! I have had more problems with misdirected mail, never getting my mail, THEFT of my mail, NO delivery of my mail, FREE offers never appearing, STOP mail, VACATION orders ignored or NOT followed....it goes on & on. And file complaints!!!??? What a joke! No one EVER gets back to you! No wonder they are out of business!!! It enrages that I do NOT feel safe using mail system!

  • I LOVE my mailman. And when he has a day off, believe me, my mail shows it. He has a bad leg, drives the route but when I have special mail, he will WALK up to my house and climb my stairs. I have told him again and again, honk and I'll come to you. He always has a big smile, is kind and I love seeing him. However, when a replacement driver fills in, Lord help our neighborhood. We are all out swapping mail or just returning it to the box for redelivery on another street. I swear, you don't have to read to deliver mail. My guy is an old timer and knows what he is doing. Now how many times can you say someone is an old timer in any job? God I so appreciate him. Thanks for the reminder as we tend to take these people for granted! And yes, I have called the post office to sing his praises. Thank God I live in a "small" town.

  • I've worked as a Rural Carrier for the past 19 1/2 years. I didn't know it was Thank a Mailman Day until I saw this site. Today there were three mail boxes on my route blocked by parked cars. Many of my customers don't pick up their mail until the box is crammed full. I'd feel thanked if customers wouldn't do these things. We carriers want to put primary emphasis on customer service since we deal directly with the customers. However, our management has different priorities. To USPS management this business is strictly a numbers game. Abstract and arbitrary guidelines are set by district-level people who, for the most part, have never delivered so much as a stick of mail in their lives. Pressure to go faster and faster is constant and intense. We'd like to read completely the addresses, but "throw and go" is the order of the day. Our union, the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, years ago initiated a program with management called Quality of Work Life/Employee Involvement. In this program rural carrier employees suggested and implemented several things to help customer service, especially to enhance communication between customer and carrier. Management never was enthusiastic about QWL/EI and when they got to the point that they stopped supporting and participating in it, the NRLCA just gave it up in a sense of futility because it required both parties' co-operation to function. So, remember that much customer frustration with mail service results from policies that the carriers don't make. We deliver your mail to you not because of what our management does; we deliver it in spite of them.

  • ...it's Sunday :/ the mail doesn't come on Sunday

  • Please remeber that postal workers are federal government employees and like state employees are not allowed to receive gifts cards, monetary tips, etc.. for doing there job and a job that they receive very good pay and benefits for doing. A thank-you note or a small bag of homemade cookies etc.. is fine but beyond that -not legal.

  • I always give a little gift certificate to my mailwoman.....this year I was so touched by a thank you card she left for our family. She wished us all good things for the New year. We are so grateful for the great service we get and wish her all the best always!

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