4 Ways to Experience and Express Thankfulness Every Day

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and in the days before you gather around the dining table with family and friends, it’s helpful to reflect on the good things in your life that you’re grateful for and how you can express your gratitude more consistently. We’ve come up with four techniques for experiencing and expressing thankfulness in everyday life.

1. Meditate on the things you’re thankful for. At the beginning, middle, or end of each day, spend five minutes sitting still with your eyes closed, breathing steadily in and out. Review your day, paying special attention to things or people that made you smile or laugh, supported or encouraged you, or made your day. Spend time considering and appreciating each good thing you remember.


2. Keep a journal of things you’re thankful for. From now until Thanksgiving, keep a running list of all the things and people you are grateful for. Record everything, big or small. At the end of the day, review your list and consider writing about a few of the items on your list in greater detail.


3. Send eCards to people you’re thinking about and people you’re thankful for. When people from your past cross your mind, Thinking of you eCards provide a great opportunity to reconnect and show these people that you care about them. Similarly, Thank you eCards are a fun and easy way to show your appreciation. Here are two sample eCards–we have many, many more!

You’re Good

Ocean of Thoughts

4. Thank or compliment people in your life for the things they do that usually go unnoticed. Many times, people’s good deeds and efforts go unnoticed or unappreciated. By thanking or complimenting coworkers, neighbors, or even strangers, you acknowledge people and spread good will.Compliments


Beginner’s Guide to Sending Your First eCard

Welcome to Hallmark eCards! We have thousands of eCards for all imaginable holidays and special occasions. Funny, strange, spooky, silly, sincere–you can find any type of card for any type of person right here. For those of you who are new to the site, here’s a beginner’s guide for Sending an eCard:

1. Navigating Hallmark eCards

There are three main ways to find the cards you’re looking for. Depending on the time of year, the most relevant holidays and occasions are listed in circles at the top of the homepage for easy access. In November, for example, you’ll find Veteran’s Day, birthday, anniversary, thank you, and Thanksgiving. Veteran’s Day is featured on the main banner.


Hallmark eCards homepage


The second way to find eCards is to use the browsing tabs in the navigation bar at the very top of the page. The tabs are birthday (our most popular, year-round category), holidays (Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, etc.), occasions (anniversary, birthday, congratulations), and collections (Disney, Garfield, Glee, Hoops&yoyo, Star Wars, etc.). Roll over each tab to view the entire list and make your selection.


Hallmark eCards homepage


The third way to find eCards is to search for them. Type a keyword in the search bar at the bottom of the home page. Beneath the search bar, you will also find a complete list of occasions, holidays, collections, and tones.




Hallmark eCards homepage




2. Selecting the right eCard

Once you’ve selected a category, browse through the pictures and titles to find an eCard that looks appropriate for the occasion and for your recipient. If you click an image, you can watch the eCard in its entirety. As you can see, there are a wide variety cards with different tones. Here are two very different birthday eCards, for example.

Giant Celebration Cupcake

Your Lovely Self

3. Personalizing your eCard

Once you’ve found a card you like, click the “Personalize” button at the bottom of the preview window to add a personal message. You can also adjust the font size or change the text or background color of the eCard.

Personalize your Hallmark eCardPersonalize your Hallmark eCard



4. Sending your eCard

Finally, address your eCard by entering your first and last name in the From section and your recipient’s email address in the To section. You can send an eCard to up to 50 email addresses (we also offer an address book where you can save and store your contacts), and you can choose to send the card now or schedule it for later. You can also post the eCard on Facebook instead of sending it to an email account. It’s even possible to add a gift card to your eCard for a nominal fee.

Sending you eCard

Happy sending!

5 Heartfelt eCards to Honor Our Veterans

Veterans Day is November 11, and we have a ton of bright and meaningful Veterans Day eCards that you can send to the people in your life who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Our veterans have served and sacrificed to protect the freedoms that we enjoy every day. Here is a list of 5 Veterans Day cards that you can send to show your appreciation.


1. We Are Grateful

They’re from every imaginable walk of life… they are veterans.

2. A Soldier Remains

Give thanks to the brave men and women in uniform this Veterans Day.

3. Welcome Home

Honor and welcome home the courageous and men and women who nobly serve our country.

4. Always a Hero

Spirit, promise, hope. Once a soldier, always a hero.


5. Stars & Stripes

Nothing says “patriotism” like the red, white and YOU!

8 Popular Get Well Soon eCards

It’s the season for sneezin’, so I’ve compiled a list of the 8 most popular Get well eCards for your viewing and sending pleasure. You can send these eCards to friends and loved ones who have come down with colds or other minor illnesses, or to those who are on the mend and could use a laugh. A few of these cards, like Lady Luck, would also work for those who are feeling down on their luck. The great thing about sending eCards is that they’ll be waiting in your recipient’s inbox until they feel well enough to read them. For more serious illnesses, you might consider visiting in person or sending a gift like food or flowers.


1. Bee Well!


2. Better Yet?


3. Fun Things To Do


4. Get Well High-Jinx


5. Lady Luck


6. Caught a Bug


7. Feeling Frisky Again


8. Recuperate


5 of the Spookiest Halloween eCards

Celebrate this Halloween in spooky style with 5 Halloween eCards, brand new from Hallmark. These eCards are sure to bring a jack-o-lantern smile to the faces of your friends and family members!

1. Peek-A-Boo!

An adorable little ghost goes trick-or-treating.


2. You Are Spook-tacular!

He may be dead, but he ain’t dead! Wink!


3. Pumpkin Scare-Off

This Halloween, two Pumpkins square off to see who’s got the scariest face in the neighborhood!


4. Scary Skies

It doesn’t get more Halloween-y than thunderstorms and bats!


5. Spooky Halloween

Moonlit nights and ghostly sights set the mood for this Spooky Halloween card.

Quick, Easy, and Creative Ways to Thank Someone

When someone goes out of their way to do something nice for you, there are many easy ways you can express your gratitude. Here are a handful of creative ways to say “Thanks!”

1. Invite to Lunch. Treat your friend and treat yourself by taking them out to lunch! You can go to their favorite restaurant or pick a place you think they’ll like. If you don’t know this person too well, sharing a meal is a great opportunity to learn more about them.

2. Pay a Compliment. No one can resist a compliment. Oftentimes, a kind and thoughtful word goes a long way. Compliment your friend’s abilities and let them know how much you appreciate what they did for you.

3. Do a Favor. Returning the favor is a great way to show someone you care. What can you do for them that would be difficult for them to do for themselves? If you’re handy, you might perform a repair job for them. If you’re skilled at computers, you might offer to help them with a couple tasks. There’s no end to the ways you can pay it back.

4. Give a Gift. Flowers, candy, and treats are always welcome! Surprise your friend with a little something you know they will like. They’ll love the surprise and appreciate the thought.

5. Send an eCard. Sending an eCard with a personal message is the perfect way to thank someone for their good deed. It’s an instantaneous way to express your gratitude, and it’s something you friend can look at again and again. We have Thank You eCards for every occasion and relationship. Below are a few samples:



A Thank You Song

Orange You Nice?

What is Diwali? A Brief History

Diwali, also known as the “festival of lights,” is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated every fall. The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. Festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest new moon night of the year. This year, Diwali occurs on Thursday, October 23.

Before Diwali, Hindus clean and decorate their homes. On Diwali night, they dress up in their best outfits, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their homes, and participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends.

Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, and Fiji.

We have Diwali eCards that you can send to your Hindu friends to celebrate this important festival. May Diwali be a season of beauty glowing with gladness, warming your heart, and shining with the light of love.

Season of Beauty

Happiness and Prosperity

Love Illuminates

Diwali Diyas

Season of Light

5 Good Reasons to Give Your Coworker an eCard

We spend a lot of time working, and after a while, your office mates become like family. Office life is full of occasions to send an ecard. Here are five occasions when it would be appropriate to send workplace ecards to your coworkers.

1. Congratulations!

Congratulate your coworkers on a project completed, a client satisfied, or a job well done!

Real Wiener

We’re Blown Away



2. New Job or Promotion

Getting promoted is great! Compound the greatness by pairing the promotion with a personalized eCard!

Today is YOUR Day

Celebrate New Job

3. Admin Professionals Day

Thank those who keep the office running smoothly with their hard work and dedication this Administrative Professional’s Day.

Thanks in Paper Clips


Our Hero


4. National Boss’s Day

Show your boss that you care with these winning ecards.

Big Thumbs Up

Secret Handshake


5. Happy Retirement

Say congratulations for a “career” well done with a heartfelt Hallmark eCard.

Success in All You Do

Witty, Goofy, Sarcastic: How to Pick a Funny eCard for Any Personality

It takes all kinds of friends to make the world go round, and that’s certainly true when you’re looking for funny ecards. Not all people find the same things funny, so our humorous ecards cover a large spectrum. Here are characteristics of seven different friend types and examples of funny ecards that are perfect for each type.


1. The Sarcastic Friend: For this person, everything is horrible, people are awful and selfish, and life would be unbearable if it wasn’t so darn funny. These are the Oscar the Grouches, the people for whom each cloud has a darker lining.

Monsters Online


2. The Whimsical Friend: This friend loves the quaint and the fanciful. Miniatures and small animals are always appreciated!

Cupcake Warning


3. The Quirky Friend: These are the oddballs in your life, the friends who appreciate the peculiar or unexpected.

One Big Scream


4. The Punny Friend: This friend is a linguistic juggler and can brighten any line with a fun pun.

Eye Likes Ewe!

5. The Gross-out Friend: This friend is all about bawdy body humor. Burping, farting, and armpits galore–their inner kid is alive and well. And he’s a sicko.

Armpit Fwwt!

6. The Goofy Friend: Like a cartoon, this friend is all about foolish or eccentric slapstick humor. So fire away!


7. The Witty Friend: This friend has a smart and sophisticated type of humor. Sometimes subtle, but always fresh!

Your Burning Passion!

4 Holidays You May Not Know About

We’re all familiar with the major holidays, but there are many other holidays throughout the year that you may not know about. Between Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day are a bunch of appreciation days, celebration days, and other minor holidays. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with specialized Holiday eCards. These lesser-known, “weird holidays” provide additional opportunities to show others our love, appreciation, and care.


1. National Boss Day - October 16

On October 16, celebrate the jefes, the head honchos: our leaders, supervisors, and managers. Bosses love getting eCards. It’s a fact. We looked it up.

Boss’s Blend

What a Boss Really Wants


2. Sweetest Day – October 18

On October 18, send an eCard to let someone know how sweet they are! Candy works too.

Sugar, Sugar


3. National Nurses Week – May 12

Beginning on May 12, show your appreciation for the dedication and effort of those who nurse us back to health. Send warm Hallmark wishes to your Nurse friends.

Happy Nurses Day

Nurse Pirate

4. Miss You Day – July 17

On July 17, let your special someone know how much you miss them. What better way to cross the distance than to send a greeting that shows them just how much you care.

I’m No Substitute for You

Come Back Soon


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