How to Turn Every Email Into a Mini Meditation

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I’ve started ending many emails with two simple words…

“With gratitude.”

I’ve tried “love,” “big love,” “much love,” “love and gratitude,” as standard signatures before. And for personal connections, I still cycle through those.

But I’d always run up against those nascent business relationship emails where even if I was comfy using those words, I knew the people on the other end of the email wouldn’t be.

So, I’ve come back to “with gratitude.”

It feels good, universally applicable. Something that won’t send CEOs and corporate souls running from that tree-hugger Fields guy.

But, there’s one more thing. While I do have a standard sig-file that gets added to my emails automatically, taking a nod from my friend and founder of PossibilityU, Betsy Peters, I type the words “With gratitude” by hand. Slowly, with intention, owning a sense of genuine gratitude as I type.

In doing so, it becomes a mini-meditation. A momentary honoring. An opportunity to acknowledge gratitude dozens of times each day.

And, strangely enough, when I do this, it makes me feel different. I know, weird. But there’s research on this. Journaling gratitude leads to a more positive outlook which in turn leads to what positive psychology researcher, Barbara Fredrickson, calls the broaden and build effect. It elevates not only your mood, but the way you live, the way people respond to you, your level of insight and creativity and nearly every aspect of performance.

So, what do you think? Why not try a 30-day experiment?

Commit to ending your emails “With gratitude.” Type each letter by hand, no automatic sig-files, linger on each letter and actually “feel” the gratitude.

Okay…now let’s all join hands and sing Koombaya, baby! LOL

With gratitude,

JF

P.S. – How do YOU end your emails? Share your fave signature below and why you’ve chosen it…

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92 responses

92 responses to “How to Turn Every Email Into a Mini Meditation”

  1. Kayt Wolfe says:

    I want to encourage and inspire women to reach for their full potential, so I like ending my emails with the following:

    Expect great things, and believe, you CAN!

  2. I have always written the signature “by hand”. I have an autosignature which includes my social networks but as it is not always the same greeting at the bottom, and I write in three different languages. I feel it makes it more personal to write the greeting each time and find it impersonal when I see an automatic greeting and name at the bottom of a post.

    The greeting I usually use in English is “Cheers!” It’s informal, joyful and is used to show gratitude as well, so I find it the perfect greeting for me. However, I usually use best regards in the first email I send to people I haven’t met.

    Cheers
    Hjörtur

  3. Nick Novak says:

    I’ve tried many variations, but keep returning to “Thank you” or “Kind regards”.

    “With Gratitude” seems to hit the right mark. Well done.

  4. Happy Eating!

    I agree that typing it each time makes me feel warmer too. Reminds me of how smiling while talking on the phone improves that communication too.

    With gratitude,
    Jackie

  5. This is the irony of the age we live in.
    When everyone is telling us to automate repetitive tasks as much as possible, we end up losing this important touch with who we are, and how we feel.

    I end my emails with To adventure, I write it and yes sometimes it does feel weird when it’s to a new business contact, but it’s important.

    It’s a reminder to others, but probably much more to myself, that when we approach life like an adventure it’s easier to avoid being deceived by these two impostures, victory and failure.

  6. Heh heh,

    I’ve had the same problem addressing emails.

    While ‘Dear Soandso’ is perfectly acceptable for a traditional letter, even a business one, it feels strange on an email. Email feels a lot more like a conversation with a person directly, and ‘Dear’ just doesn’t fit.

    Do I will generally use ‘Hi’ or ‘Hi Soandso’. But when it comes to a more formal business email, or some other more formal email where using ‘Hi Firstname’ seems too familiar, I generally tend to use ‘Good morning/ Good afternoon/ Good day’. Sometimes nothing seems the right choice in an email.

    For my own ending I use ‘Cheers’ for friends, acquaintances or even business people I know well. For anything more formal I generally use ‘Regards’, or for a slightly more formal business response ‘Kind regards’.

    Funny how protocols are evolving.

    Cheers/Regards

    Richard

  7. Bruce Grimes says:

    Hi Jonathan,

    A long time ago, I used to actually write notes. Carefully choosing the pen, the ink color, the paper… I also rewrote them to ensure that not only the message was clear, but the presentation was of sufficient quality to convey my message. I also got in the habit of thoughtfully choosing how to end my message. Trying to ensure that each time was true to me and not just an afterthought. Time has passed. Email. Typing. I do make a point of Addressing the person I am emailing, and then thanking them for their time or help… or just in general. But I do always type each letter of my close out (by hand) each time reflecting on if those words actually ring true.

    It is important to realize that your words mot only impact your own life, but those of the recipients.

    Genuine thanks for your message today!

    Bruce.

    • Jonathan Fields says:

      Love it, Bruce. I’m actually making my way back to hand-written notes with special pens and pencils myself. I sense there is going to be a growing desire to rekindle some semblance of “old school” connection as more and more becomes digital and automated in the coming years

      • I agree with your prediction, Jonathan. I love to receive and give surprises in snail mail. My father frequently sent handwritten letters to my 3-yr-old. The same love gesture can be delivered in business. My web designer sent me an exquisitely packaged metal arrow sign from Paris (arrow is part of the logo we designed). (I think PsyToday ran a feature on things we miss, including letters.)

  8. April says:

    I to have recycled several different endings.
    My two favorites now are ” Warm Regards”
    Or ” Be well and Smile” either one evokes positive responses,
    And how can one be frowning reading the word smiles?!

    Be well and smile,
    April

  9. I used to sign “Best regards” which I’ve recently shortend to “Best”, sort of you’re the best, I’m the best, the best of everything. For more personal emails and letters I sign xosuz;o) all together just like that. Seems a little juvenile, but my dad called me suz (it was sort of between me and him) and I like the was it resonates…a kiss, a hug from me with a wink and a smile, just like my dad.

  10. On a funny related note, South Africa has massive cellphone penetration. Most people however, are relatively poor and buy ‘airtime’ at R10 at a time (a $1.25) – called pay-as-you-go. With per second billing, high costs, and limited ‘airtime’, every second counts.

    The result is that greetings and goodbyes are falling away. When people on pay-as-you-go call me they get straight to the point – no hello or any other greeting. Even more abrupt is the ending. Got your point across or answered the question? Just hang up immediately.

    Make for some strange and non-personal phone calls, even with my housekeeper 😉

    • Rick says:

      I noticed the same effect in Kenya. It’s disorienting and it has to have a broader effect on the people who get in the habit of talking that way…

  11. Stephen "Steve" Q Shannon says:

    Because I very likely have been on this planet a little longer than most (in my final trimester of my life) some years ago and except, as you say, for personal communications, I end with as I do now to you Jonathan,
    with “Your Advocate” hand keyboarded or “Your Newest Advocate,” also hand keyboarded when in fact I am a new advocate.
    Side bar: I also use http://www.gratitudelog.com to single our my gratitude for still being vertical and not room temperature after all these amazing years I have been privileged to be on this planet with the positive people like you and the positive people with whom you surround you. Stephen “Steve” Q – Delray Beach, FL USA and not retired and never will be.

  12. Erik Proulx says:

    With gratitude for you, Jonathan.

  13. Really appreciate this post today Jonathan. I made a conscious choice to evolve my closing in emails over a year ago to be “Graciously”…here is how I can to that conclusion.

    I had been asking myself what are the qualities I enjoy, I do naturally and then what are the ones I need to create a better relationship with? When I was asking those questions, I had been noticing that I was always running at breakneck speed and wanted to find a way to express myself that was a reward, as well as a reminder for my recipients. Not in a do this kinda way – something more gracious – chuckle.

    Graciousness is something you hear people discuss when they meet or work with folks that really seems to raise the bar. “He was so gracious that I just wanted to work with them again” or “She was always gracious in a way that made you want to be around them again.”

    So, that is my word – Graciously – like it so much I am going to be saying it outloud today too and see what transpires.

  14. For several years now, I’ve been ending my emails with a simple, ‘Thanks!’

    Over the years, several people I correspond with have taken up the habit 🙂

  15. Jackie says:

    Totally agree with the energy and intention behind our messages regardless if spoken or typed. I like to use ‘much peace and joy’ because at the end of the day I think this is what we are ultimately looking for in our daily lives. Authentic intimacy and connection is vital to our complete health.

    Great topic thanks!

  16. Dave Hilton says:

    As a Conflict Engagement Specialist, I often end my emails with:

    “Engagingly,” or “Engagingly Yours,”

    or, for clients with whom I’m working on Generational or Cultural conflicts:

    “Generationally Yours,” or “Culturally Yours,”

    They may seem a little odd, but I see it as a way to reinforce the work I’m doing with my clients- even when ending an email.

  17. Ryan Hanley says:

    Jonathan,

    I use “Thank you and Good luck,”

    It says exactly what I feel… Thank you for reading and Good luck with what you’re doing…

    It’s simple… easy… and gets my point across.

    Thanks!!

    Ryan H.

  18. Hank Merkle says:

    PERFECT!
    I have typically “Signed off” with “Thanks” or “Thank you” and like most of our “Mob” type it by hand in case it is wrong for the mood of the e-mail or something stronger is better.

    But you now have a new nickname in my book – “Jonathan Fields – the Steve Jobs of the written word”

    IT seems obsessive to agonize over two little words that close an e-mail or letter, but those two little words can mean all the difference in the world if you convey your true feelings with them.

    Brilliant, absolutely brilliant!

    Thank you for your continued attention to detail and sharing things that help us make ourselves better!

  19. I end my e-mails with:

    Radiance and Courage,
    Leela

    I sometimes add in some love and gratitude and admiration depending on my mood and who is on the other end … love this topic!

  20. Adrienne says:

    Thanks for this great post today, Jonathan! For me, the closing of an email often requires the most thought – most of the time I use “with joy” or “Joyfully”.

    As you described, it truly is a mini-meditation reminding me that I genuinely am happy to be communicating with the recipient and to fill my day (and hopefully theirs as well) with more joy!

  21. Elissa says:

    I sign off ‘with love’ whenever I write for 33Dresses. When it comes to talking about cancer, it’s good and real to send the messages with love.

  22. If we ever meet in person, you will know I mean what I say when I sign off from my emails,

    Many Hugs!

  23. Trisha Liu says:

    I read the first sentence of your post as “I’ve started many emails with two simple words…”

    How would *that* be for setting intention and mini-meditation! 😀

    Best regards,
    Trisha

  24. YG says:

    Brilliant!
    Mv favorite signature that i use often:
    “keep up with positive spirit”

  25. Wayne says:

    Great post, Jonathan!

    As a reflexologist and life coach, I am quite sensitive to my clients boundaries. I consistently honor their process and personal growth rate by interjecting inspiration and support in all my communications – verbal and “written.”

    I end my emails with, “Many Continued Blessings”

    With Gratitude (I like it!),
    Wayne

  26. Arthienyer Fraser says:

    I end my emails with “Love, Peace & Blessings. Have a great day everyone!

  27. Candice says:

    I often end with “Enjoy the day!” And yes, I use that exclamation mark. (I write fiction, and rarely get to use it in my work.) That closing is a reminder to myself that this is the only day I have and I need to not just make the most of it, but actually enjoy it. I hope it serves as a similar reminder to the recipient.

  28. “love– full stop.”

    I finished Shawn Achor’s “The Happiness Advantage” yesterday. One (of the many) pieces that will no doubt stay with me forever are George Valliant’s words. He’s the psychologist who has directed the Harvard Men Study, which is one of the longest running studies of success in history.

    In 2009 he summed up 70 years of data from following the lives of 268 men from the 1930’s through their lives and careers.

    He told the Atlantic Monthly that he could sum up the findings in one word— “love—- full stop.” It was the depth of their relationships with other people that ultimately determined their levels of success.

    I say let your inner (and outer) Tree Hugger Flag FLY, Fields! I’m pickin up what you’re laying down.

    “Thou shalt exalt LOVE as a business ideal.”

    Bring it in, bro. Let me get these huggy paws on ya!
    hahahaha

    Loved Betsy’s tip on typing that out. So very cool, that woman.

    BIG UPS!

    kc

    PS. My closings:

    Have the best day of your life,
    THANKSTHANKSTHANKS,
    Much love xoxoxoxoxoxoxox,
    Did that just get weird?
    Don’t call the cops,
    😉

    • Jonathan Fields says:

      Dohhh, you HAD to go and throw my own words back at me, KC! LOL.

      Definitely exalt love as a business ideal. The interesting challenge is to also “take others as they come.” There are times when easing people into the notion over time and as they come to know you opens them to the conversation on a level that would’ve sent them running had you taken the bowl-em-over approach.

      So, I guess, reality is, I take a bit of an evolutionary approach to how I sign off, based on what I feel is most beneficial for the stage of any particular relationship or person.

      So, yes, exalt love as an ideal, but craft your messaging around that ideal in a way that cultivates maximum openness to that ideal over time.

    • Great noticing, KC.

      I think in this case, in the written, email form, not using the word LOVE might be better. It depends on the recipient and the content.

      I take the commandment to exalt love as a way to act and be in relationship everywhere, all the time. Being and exuding love can be WAY more potent than using the word LOVE.

      And, there are times when it’s right to dare to speak LOVE to others. You know when that time’s right.

      P.S. I love your sign-off ‘did that just get weird’. You crack me up.

  29. Since my work is about keeping the joy of love alive in relationships, I usually use “Keep Love Alive!” which is also how I often autograph my book too. It’s more of an encouragement than just an expression of my own feelings, and sometimes I use “Love!” in the same way.

    Great post, thanks.

    Keep Love Alive!
    Diana

  30. Jonathan,
    I generally stick with two closings:

    For more professional situations, or to those with whom I don’t have a close personal relationship I generally use “Be well.”

    My father taught me one I really like to use with those friends, relatives and others with whom I am closest: “Until soon,”

    The brevity feels good and the message feels genuine to me. I especially like “Until soon” because I believe it speaks to the ongoing nature of those close relationships and the possibilities they possess.

    But now I have to consider, “With gratitude,” as well.

  31. Thank you Jonathan,
    I am truly grateful for what you put out into the world.
    I was using “make it an awesome day”
    I will start using “with gratitude” and smile while I type it out!

    WITH GRATITUDE
    Steve

  32. I love personalizing each message:) I sign off with a final phrase that ends off the message in the email

    Talk to you soon
    looking forward to…
    Thanks again
    Regards

    I really like “with gratitude” 🙂

  33. Paul says:

    I close many of my emails with the following line:

    Looking forward to your positive response!

    Paul

  34. Bob White says:

    I use “many blessings” for my signature closing – it combines nicely with my “acroname” which was created at Robert G Allen’s “Inner Wealth Retreat” several years ago – to create an acroname – write the letters of your first (or nick) name vertically down the left side of your paper = the use each letter to begin a word – when done, the words from top to bottom should be a phrase which describes who you are or what you do – here’s mine

    B – Bearer
    O – Of
    B – Blessings

    combined with my nickname to form BearerofBlessingsBob – it was such a “hit” in our group that I adopted it as my personal email address, and started using “many blessings” to sign my emails –

    when our pastor learned my email address, he responded with “I wish someone would bless me once in a while” – so everytime I have a chance to greet Pastor Keith Craft I say “God Bless You Pastor Keith”

    Many Blessings – Bob White

  35. Sharkman says:

    Happy Adventures!

    “Because life is either a grand adventure or nothing.”
    ~ Helen Keller

  36. Susan says:

    What a wonderful post! Thanks again and again.

    I, too, want always to close emails with good feelings, and usually end with one of these:
    Blessings,
    Peace,
    Hugs,
    Gratefully,
    Big Hugs,
    BIG Hugs,
    BIG HUGS!!!!!
    Thanks for being YOU!

    So “With Gratitude” will fit right in. THANKS for that, Jonathan – and thanks for being YOU and for sharing your blessings with us,

    With HUGS and Gratitude,
    –Susan

  37. I love this!

    Thanks for “speaking” something simple (yet sacred) so profoundly.

    With gratitude!
    Christine

  38. I have been using Betsy’s sig as well, from time to time. I love “With gratitude” and I hadn’t been really noticing it as a broaden and build effect but I will pay closer attention. Because I DO like the way I feel when I type it! Yay!

    My typical has been “All the best,” and since I work with teenagers and all sorts of things can be misconstrued, I rarely (with them) sign off “Love, Linda” – that’s where “Big Love” sounds and feels a little better for me.

    I agree with Richard, that Dear Soandso doesn’t really work with emails – unless it’s used a cover letter for one of my many grant proposals that can only be submitted online. The Dear Soandso feels so sterile. But, so does grant writing for me. 🙂

    Thanks for the conversation!

    Linda

  39. Ellen says:

    I end my e-mails with:

    “Have a wild and precious day!”

    and then the quote from Mary Oliver just below it.

    ” . . .Tell me, what is it you plan to do
    with your one wild and precious life?”

    — Mary Oliver

  40. I love this, Jonathan.

    I love the humor that you are bringing more and more into your writing.

    I have been playing with different sigs for awhile now. I end each email with a signature that’s right for that mail, for that recipient, for that moment. Some of my favorites include:

    to your writing success
    to your creative success
    fondly

    I let myself be creative, spontaneous and honest in these little sign-offs. It’s true to me and to my brand and I hope the warmth reaches my readers.

    Thanks for this post today. It really emphasizes how the little things can make a difference.

  41. Virginia says:

    At work I always end with Thank you for thinking of us. And I type it by hand. I’ll try lingering over it and see how I feel.

  42. Celeste says:

    I use, With warm regards. To me it feels like sending a smile. Of course if it a hot summer….. Tee hee. Thanks for your great blog

  43. Mary says:

    In my business, I end my emails by typing .. with hugs and love… why because single people so rarely are deeply hugged and loved through touch. Touch is so powerful and in my signature I want to communicate what I would do in person… which is hug each one of my clients at Gay Girl Dating Coach. Every one deserves a hug and love each and every day. It’s part of my mission to make that happen, even if it’s only electronic.

    with gratitude for you,
    Mary

  44. Leave it to “that tree-hugger Fields guy” to make me question how I close my email messages….

    This really is a great post! I typically use a simple closing listed by many others in their comments above:
    Thanks,
    Regards,
    Best Regards,

    Occasionally, I will use one of the following:
    Enjoy the rest of your day,
    Have a Great Week,

    You have really given me a new appreciation for how I end my email messages. It can be a form of meditation for the author, and have a positive impact on the reader. Thank You.

    With Gratitude,
    Stephen

  45. Nathalie says:

    Hi Jonathan,

    Thank you for this interesting conversation.

    I notice how a person starts and finishes their email and find the ones with no greetings abrupt and cold. Greetings set the tone.

    I change the ending of emails (and the greetings) according to the context of the email and the person it is going to: how well do I know them, what for, what degree of formality is acceptable, what is their nationality, what is the language used, what industry/culture do they operate in(for example in Ireland, the culture is informal and in Britain less so while in France a degree of formality has to be taken into consideration.

    These include: yours sincerely, yours truly, regards, best regards, warm regards, all the best, see you soon, best wishes, have a nice day, take care, lots of love for close British and Irish friends and family, kisses or big kisses for French close friends and family.

    Thank you for all the other suggestions.

    Best wishes to all 🙂
    Nathalie

  46. I often end my correspondence.

    Your Nag,
    Rachel

    My business is “ProNagger.” I hope that this conveys, in a way that brings a smile, that I’m in service to them and want for their success.

  47. Great discussion, Jonathan. I’ve been using ‘In Gratitude,’ as the sign off on my RSS feed for blog posts, however my preferred sign off for emails I’m actually writing is ‘In Humble Gratitude,’ – depending on the recipient, this one may or may not be used.

    I actually had a trusted friend suggest that I re-think its use in business communications, so I’ve adapted my thinking to consider the recipient more. You nailed it in your response to Kristoffer above, and I’ve taken the approach of customizing the sign off depending on the receiver and what I’m trying to achieve with the message.

    Great discussion!

  48. Ed Gandia says:

    I saw your “with gratitude” last month and “stole” that idea for an email series I was doing. The spirit of those words fit very nicely with the message I was sending out. Love your idea of actually writing it out, though. Completely agree with you about the difference that makes.

    I typically use “To your success”

    But I’m going to start switching these around based on what I’m communicating in the email.

    Thanks for sharing this, Jonathan.

  49. Molly says:

    I recently received an email from a business coach that was signed

    “I believe in you,”

    The woman barely knows me, but it was really nice to hear…

  50. Excellent post and discussion.

    “many thanks,”

    I also have “Thank You !” pre-printed on my personal and business checks over the signature line. It’s a nice exchange of gratitude energy.

    please keep up the excellent writing !! the world needs you to keep being your awesome self !!

    many thanks,

  51. I typically end my email with “Blessings” and mean it in the broadest, nonreligious, spiritual/higher consciousness way of wishing the best for them. Unfortunately some people imagine that I’m “religious,” but I’m not. Oh well. They really need blessings, don’t they?

  52. Christine says:

    I sign all possible emails with ‘Have Fun!’ because I think just about everyone could use a bit more fun. I like ‘in gratitude’ a lot though.

  53. Tom Bentley says:

    Jonathan, I usually end mine with “Say, is that a piece of corn in your teeth?” unless I’m feeling more feisty. No, mine is often a simple thanks, although sometimes the Muse pushes for something more offbeat, and I can’t fight the Muse.

    But I admire your sense of consciousness in the act; that simple path opens up your thinking about the recipient of the message and your part in it. I do still send a lot of handwritten cards, but my handwriting is such an atrocity that the “beneficiary” might think a stalker is at hand.

    Thanks for always making me think!

  54. jr cline says:

    Currently I end them with ‘Thanks’ for business or ‘hugs and love’ for friends and family.
    I’ll give ‘With Gratitude’ a try for 30 days.

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  56. Peggy says:

    For business things, I sometimes use “thanks,” but the one I go to most is “Best,” because if the news is what they wanted to hear or not quite, whether I know them some or not at all, I truly do wish them the best at whatever their endeavor is about.

    In more personal, sometimes it’s xo, sometimes it’s Big Love, or sometimes just my first initial (which, since others do likewise, feels like a personal virtual nickname, oddly enough).

    Lovely post. Hadn’t thought of using “in gratitude” before, but will now.

    Best, and also in gratitude,
    Peggy

  57. Marie Davis says:

    Thanks buckets.

    I do business around the world and I’ve actually had people email me and ask if they could use it. Of course, it is not formal so ii use it after I have a relationship with a person, but people always remark that they like it and some have even started calling me ” the bucket lady.”

  58. Chris says:

    You made me think about how I end my mails and I realised that all I do is write
    // Chris
    The two backslash dates back to when I did some coding and the // is for comment and I always wrote my name at the end of the comments.

    If it’s formal in business with people I have never meet/e-mailed before I often use “Med vänlig hälsning” (sometimes even shorted down to Mvh , translated to “Kind or Best regards”.
    But if we have meet or had an e-mail converstation then it just ends with //Chris

    But I always uses my littel fellow holding my information with phone and adresses

    ( o o )
    ~~~~~~~~~~~oOOO~(_)~OOOo~~~~~~~~~~~

    .oooO
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~( )~Oooo.~~~~~~~~~~~~
    \ ( ( )
    \_) ) /
    (_/

    So now I need to think about a good word to end my mail and try that for a while. I want it in swedish so will have to do some thinking to find a good swedish word that at the same time “fits me” 🙂

    //Chris

  59. I love this simple and easy way to express gratitude. What a wonderful idea. I have been feeling that my signature closing “Take Care” has lost it’s meaning or intention, so now I will use With Gratitude instead.

    With Gratitude for a Great Article

    Michael

  60. Be Love,

    Is normally how I end all of my emails. Love is not just a word to be thrown around lightly, we all need to embody it and show it outwardly to others. I recently did a mailing where I hand wrote ‘with gratitude’ and I did notice a difference in my mood afterwards. I was thankful for the opportunity to be writing to them. I will try it for 30 days and see what happens. Thanks for the post!

    ~C. Nzingha

  61. Jonathan~Another fun & reflective post. I used to sign off in business with “warm regards.” But a few years ago, I switched to “See you in the woods.” It’s a gesture that we’ll see each other exploring, in adventure, trekking the unknown with a bit of joy and anticipation. At first, I feared my biz clients would raise their brows, but they send me back all kinds of variations now. Personal back story: It’s what my wife & I say to each other each night before going to sleep with the idea that we’ll see each other in our respective dream world.

    See you in the woods, my friend,
    Jeffrey

  62. Hi there Jonathan – thanks for a wonderful post affirming that injecting warmth into our emails goes a long way to fostering a friendly universe.

    I am an Artist and Delight Detective and I sign my emails off with:

    In Delight,

    and when I’m sending a thank you, appreciation note,(such as my reply to your post here, I sign it

    In Delight and Gratitude

    Frances

  63. Rebecca says:

    Carpe diem
    Rebecca

  64. Dave says:

    i’m gonna accept the challenge 🙂
    i use to end up my email with the most common ways… “best regards” “sincerely”, but in the next 30days it will be “With gratitude”

    thank you for your message;
    with gratitude
    -Dave

  65. emily says:

    For friends and family – xo
    For business – xo, with pleasure OR be remarkable (depending on context & mood)
    For day gig – Thanks

    Great post and love the comment threads!

  66. KjM says:

    It depends…

    …well, doesn’t it always?

    In a business situation, in my work emails, the valediction is “Regards,” or “Best regards,” followed by, usually, KjM. Beneath that there may be the expanded Kevin J Mackey and various forms of connection information, if this is a first time/occasional encounter.

    For personal interactions, for those I’ve come to know as friends, the valediction is “With affection,” or “With great affection,” for that is how I think of them.

    For some, for family, it is simply “Love,” That’s not a word I can use lightly. It is entirely possible I should use it more lightly than I do. But, there is it. We are all masters of our own limitations.

    In all cases I eschew the use of automatic signatures – unless it’s one supplied by my latest smartphone gadget and I’m simply showing off (it happens, almost certainly more often than is good for my soul.)

    And the “signature” is KjM (I like the shape the letters make.)

  67. I think a signature says a lot about a person. I end my emails always the same pretty much regardless of who I’m sending them to except for the rare business email, leaving my name uncapitalized (to remind me that I’m not all that important), followed by the word that I most wish for everyone ….

    love, susan

  68. Thank you for this! I’ve often had a weird struggle around how to end my emails for those that are new relationships or more “formal”. My default is “Love and Blessings” but with some depending on situation I’ll use “Peace and Blessings” but I absolutely love “With gratitude”. It feels universal, soulful and honoring of everyone in any way they are connected to you. I shall borrow this practice, being mindful with each letter typed and send it off with big love too!

    With Gratitude 😉
    Christina

  69. Loved taking this discussion in! Thanks for being the catalyst, Jonathan! I use the signature “live in rhythm” as a sign off to most of my emails. . . it’s my company name and I feel it sends some high vibration energy out to those I’m communicating. I sometimes change it up depending on who I am speaking with. I always prefer to sign my emails vs. use an auto signature.

    live in rhythm,

    Kerrie

  70. Clare Norman says:

    Isn’t it amazing how something that is seemingly so small can make such a big difference to us and to others. I’m going to think more carefully in future about what I type.

  71. Rod Freeman says:

    For years I’ve just typed “Best wishes” as my sign out line on emails.

    A friend of mine just types “Best,” and then her name.

    I kinda like that “With gratitude” line. Very thought provoking.

  72. Love that. Can I copy?

  73. Angelita says:

    I’ve been using “With gratitude” for about 2 years now at the end of my emails and it does feel lovely.

  74. […] this note from Jonathan Fields on his unconventional email […]

  75. Joe Oviedo says:

    Hi! This was a beautiful idea, thank you so much for sharing. I been trying it for a few days but in Spanish, I am from Mexico. And I must tell you, it is a beautiful thought it just sounds so weird in Spanish, “con agradecimiento” “con gratitud” I have a hard time ending emails LOL, to make the “with gratitude” sound correct. Anyway I ll keep trying. Thank you for sharing this amazing idea.

  76. I love “in gratitude” as a salutation. The two I use most often are “Take the lead” and “Be Awesome”

  77. Carolyn says:

    For years I’ve used “Warmly”

    I also like to use “Blessings”

    Since my company is SimplyHealed, I often use for biz:
    “Have a SIMPLY great day!”

    Another great post Jonathan~
    With Gratitude,
    CC

  78. Alison says:

    I end my emails with “Have a prosperous day” it has more meaning than the old “Have a nice day.”
    Most people are trying to prosper so it suits all emails.

  79. Tom says:

    I don’t think most people realize the effect their signature has on the person reading it. I definitely pay attention, and enjoy it when someone signs with something personal.

    For me, I like “best.” Not stuffy like “best regards,” but simple and warm.

  80. Rob says:

    Adopted! Willing to give a 30-day trial, it makes sense to me, Jonathan. Thanks for the inspiration.

  81. diego says:

    In Spanish, I handwrite “Salud” (it literally means “health”, and is also used when toasting).
    In English -since i was born in bilingual Montréal- I most often handwrite “Salut”, which is informal in French-Canadian for both Hi and Bye…
    Salut!
    d.

  82. Karyn says:

    I generally use “all the best” for people I do not know very well, as I do wish them all the best in life. For friends and family it varies from “love” to “hugs” to “xoxo.” For my belly dance students I will often close with “Yours in shimmies” just for fun, since we all share a love of the dance.

    Thanks for starting a great discussion, as I am always looking for ways to better convey my feelings at the end of an email. I’ve found some lovely sentiments here and “with gratitude” is definitely one I will use!

  83. Ashok says:

    I feel ‘With gratitude’ rests more deep inside with the receiver. I used to write ‘cheers’ and ‘love’ now I am going to try ‘with gratitude’ for 30 days.

  84. […] (and my former yoga instructor), Jonathan Fields, concludes many of his emails by typing “with gratitude.”  A minor touch that means for a few seconds he is present for that person.  Then the […]

  85. IsisWisdom says:

    Jazz Hands and Sparkles, Baby!

    In metta,
    Isis