“Gratitude turns feelings of lack into feelings of abundance.”
This weekend, I was reminded of the importance of telling people how grateful you are for them, or thanking them for something they did or said that helped you in some way. I can write in my gratitude journal every single day, but nothing brings me more joy than letting those people I write about, in that journal, know how thankful I am for them.
There is something amazing that happens to each person when we express our sincere thanks. For the person who is being thanked, I believe that it makes them feel connected, important, like they had an impact and are cared for, appreciated and loved. For the person who is doing the thanking, I believe it turns feelings of lack into feelings of abundance because it connects them and also makes them feeling cared for, appreciated and loved. It’s a Contagiously Positive cycle.
One simple thing we can all do to spread a little joy and up our happiness game, is to write a thank you note, or notes, on a note card or paper (handwritten) to someone who has helped you, inspired you or just someone that you want to thank for being in your life. Hand deliver it, or get their address and mail it to them. There is no greater feeling than expressing thanks to someone. Also, sending someone happy mail makes them feel so good. How great is it to open the mailbox and have something other than bills in there?
You could be giving something the only good thing they have received all day.
You could be bringing joy to someone’s life in a day where they feeling empty and joyless.
You could be making someone feel less alone on a really lonely day.
It doesn’t take massive gestures to make a difference in someone’s life, or your own. Little daily happiness challenges is all it takes. Imagine the ripple effect of just adding one drop of happiness into the pool every single day.
Laurie-ann Sheldrick, The Contagiously Positive Girl