“When you suffer, you can look deeply at your situation and find the many blessings that are already surrounding you. It is wonderful to sit with a pen and paper and write down all the conditions for happiness that are already there, already available to you right in this moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor
The following is an excerpt from the book Flourish by Dr. Martin Seligman. In it, he discusses the strategy and power of writing out a simple gratitude letter. It’s one of those small actions that can have a huge impact on a person. Never underestimate the power of expressed gratitude—especially in written format. Good luck and enjoy 🙂
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Close your eyes.
Call up the face of someone still alive who years ago did something or said something that changed your life for the better.
Someone who you never properly thanked; someone you could meet face-to-face next week. Got a face?
Gratitude can make your life happier and more satisfying.
When we feel gratitude, we benefit from the pleasant memory of a positive event in our life.
Also, when we express our gratitude to others, we strengthen our relationship with them. But sometimes our thank you is said so casually or quickly that it is nearly meaningless. In this exercise … you will have the opportunity to experience what it is like to express your gratitude in a thoughtful, purposeful manner.
Your task is to write a gratitude letter to this individual and deliver it in person.
The letter should be concrete and about three hundred words: be specific about what she did for you and how it affected your life.
Let her know what you are doing now, and mention how you often remember what she did.
Make it sing!
Once you have written your gratitude letter, call the person and tell her you’d like to visit her, but be vague about the purpose of the meeting; this exercise is much more fun when it is a surprise.
When you meet, take your time reading your gratitude letter to her. 🙂
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“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” ~ James Allen
“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Upon awakening, let the words, ‘Thank You’ flow from your lips, for this will remind you to begin your day with gratitude and compassion.” ~ Wayne Dyer
“Whatever we think about and thank about we bring about.” ~ John Demartini
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” ~ Brian Tracy