If you’ve been listening to this podcast and reading my blog, you already know that there is GREAT power in gratitude. It can transform your day, and if you practice it every day, it can make you a much happier person. In fact, on every one of my business cards for this venture is written one of my favorite quotes “It’s not the happy person who is grateful, but the grateful person who is happy.”
It’s so very true, and so when I came across a cool little article from Huffington Post, I just had to share. You see, gratitude doesn’t just have the power to transform you, it can a transform others as well.
Showing gratitude in just the right way at just the right time can be one of the most valuable gifts you can give someone. So, here are 5 Unexpected Moments You Should Handwrite a Thank-You Note:
1/When a co-worker is there for you. Do you have someone at work that takes the time to give you a listening ear, a caring heart, a hug, or a laugh? Show them you really appreciate them with a little thank you note on their desk. It will let them know just how much you care.
2/To your parents for doing more than you ever realized. What’s the most thankless job in the world? You guessed it—being a parent. From going to countless sports events to helping with homework night after night. Write a heartfelt thank-you note to your parents for giving you a beautiful life, loving you unconditionally, and teaching you more than you know. You can’t imagine the impact it will have on them.
3. To your everyday helpers. Think about those day to day people that help you function in life: your dry cleaner, your mailman, (here in Florida) your pool cleaner, or your babysitter, whoever. Leaving a “just-because” thank-you note is the perfect way to foster your relationship with these everyday helpers in your life and show them that their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed.
4. To your best friend who is there for you every day of the year. Sometimes we forget what’s right in front of us. Let your best buddy know how much you appreciate them by dropping them that unexpected note that’s both silly and sweet. Don’t forget to throw in a cool or fond memory that sticks with you.
5. To that teacher who stuck with you all these years.We all have mentors and people in different stages of our lives that lift us up and help us pave the way into our future. Some of the most impactful people who helped you along the way are those teachers who are still in the back of our minds. Why not reach out and send a note to them at school, thanking them after all of these years for the support, good advice and guidance that has helped you become the adult you are today.
We all have the ability to unleash great power with just a little gratitude. Go ahead and do it today. It will brighten your day too!