September: Expressing Gratitude to others

“Dear Lovely,

having you by my side gives my life so much happiness. I have never met a person who is more inspiring than you are, and only talking to you gives me so much energy.
Thank you for being part of my life.”

Who would not be happy reading these words from a loved one? Right – nobody.
Gratitude is such an important game changer in life (read more about it here), yet it is not sufficiently utilised. It enables us to increase our satisfaction with life and, at the same time, allows us to improve our relationships by making someone else happy. How beautiful is that? 🙂

Writing a Gratitude Letter (Toepfer & Walker, 2009)

How often in life do we not appropriately value how much good others do to us? How often do we keep ‘thank you’s’ to ourselves instead of expressing them to someone who has supported us? The answer is: too often. Expressing gratitude is one of the easiest ways to strengthen our bound to loved ones and it does not even cost a thing. Research shows that we gain so much from it, such as better health, improved wellbeing and enhanced gratitude.

Instructions (click here for source): Call to mind someone who did something for you for which you are extremely grateful but to whom you never expressed your deep gratitude. This could be a relative, friend, teacher, or colleague. Try to pick someone who is still alive and could meet you face-to-face in the next week. Now, write a letter to one of these people, guided by the following steps: Write as though you are addressing this person directly (“Dear ______”). Don’t worry about perfect grammar or spelling. Describe in specific terms what this person did, why you are grateful to this person, and how this person’s behavior affected your life. Try to be as concrete as possible. Describe what you are doing in your life now and how you often remember his or her efforts. Try to keep your letter to roughly one page (~300 words).

If you want to get the most out of this intervention, try to deliver this letter to the person or read it in person. Promise, there will be some magic in the air afterwards!

So, don’t hesitate, grab pen & paper, and start writing. Create magic! 🙂

Sending you lots of love ♥
Kira

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