We talked about the process of writing in a gratitude journal and the types of benefits that this activity can offer. Writing is a powerful process. When you share your written words of gratitude with others, it can have an even greater impact than a private journal. Personal notes can really brighten a person’s day, and the positive vibrations are far-reaching. Read on to find out why you want to show your gratitude in words starting today.
Writing has power
In a busy world, we can become entangled in ourselves, and in the things we need to achieve every day. It is easy to forget to acknowledge the important people in our lives. This is exactly why it is so important to receive a thank you or recognition. People simply do not receive these spontaneous offerings regularly. This is why it is so important for both you and the recipient to take the time and effort to write such a message.
Sharing gratitude strengthens bonds
A personal note or message shows that you care a lot. Words have meaning, but it is often said that actions speak louder than words. The recipient of your message will be surprised when they receive it. A positive surprise almost always improves a person’s day and mood. This can be especially effective if you send your message intentionally to someone you know is going through a difficult time. Regardless, this small gesture will have far-reaching effects to strengthen existing bonds because it is such a customized act. When people feel a personal connection, they tend to experience feelings of closeness and meaning. Your written recognition of their importance in your life will certainly have a positive effect on your relationship.
Ideas to get started
Your words of gratitude need not be handwritten, although it is really a nice touch, which is a rarity nowadays. If you prefer, you can send electronic correspondence. Your message need not be long either. Every written word of appreciation is a beginning and can be quite meaningful.
Here are some examples:
- Place a Post-it note of love in your child’s lunch box.
- Put a small love letter in the coat pocket of your partner
- Send an e-mail to your colleague to thank him or her for their support
- Send your best friend a funny card with a personal touch of appreciation just because
- Send a buddy a note of support on a difficult day
- Thank your doctor or other professionals in writing for their services
- Write a letter to a loved one expressing your indebtedness
- This is just a short list to ignite your own creativity. People from your past, elderly relatives, neighbors, children’s teachers, and other significant people in your life should be considered as recipients for your words of thanks. If possible, try to adopt this practice daily, at least for a while. You will see that the momentum can lead to some pretty amazing results.