Spread Gratitude with Spontaneous Notes

Arielle was a grade school teacher living in Michigan. She was feeling discouraged about a student that she was struggling to help. She wondered if her work was making any difference when she received a card in the mail.

It was a letter from one of her former students, John. He thanked her for all of her hard work and dedication. He explained that his mother had been a single mom, and he didn’t have anyone to help him at home. While others had given up and written him off, Arielle’s encouragement and kindness had kept him going.

Arielle was touched by the letter that she cried. She started a campaign in her classroom, encouraging each student to write a letter of gratitude toward someone who had positively influenced them.

If you want to bless someone, you can write a short note and tell them how much you care. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Keep it Short

Some people believe that a thank you note must be super long to be sincere. However, a short thank you letter doesn’t have to be more than two paragraphs. A brief message can be more meaningful than a long one that rambles.

Share Examples

When writing a thank you letter, try to mention what the recipient did. For example, when Delaney wrote a thank you note to the speaker of her women’s conference, she thanked the other woman for the time she took to encourage others behind the scenes.

Once you’ve shared what the person did, explain why it was meaningful. Delaney’s note touched on how the speaker’s compassionate response spoke to her heart for hurting women.

Be Authentic

Remember that writing a letter of gratitude isn’t like writing a college term paper. You don’t have to use fancy words or impress the recipient. Instead, share from the heart and use everyday language.

Handwritten Means More

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s tempting to send your thoughts via email. But a physical, handwritten letter shows the recipient that you cared enough to spend valuable time writing to them.

A handwritten note often becomes a keepsake item. It gives the receiver a chance to re-read your kind words whenever they need encouragement.

Don’t Forget The Closing

When you’re finishing a note, you may struggle with how to end it. For an informal letter going to a friend or family member you know well, you may want to use an expression of love like “sending hugs” or “love you tons.”

But for a professional letter, you’ll want a more formal closing. Try using expressions like “thanks again” or “sincerely.” These closings show you care without being too personal.

Think of the ones who’ve influenced you over the years and consider writing one of them a handwritten thank you note. A few people you may want to thank might include a teacher who believed in you, a mentor who guided you during a difficult season, or a spiritual leader who encouraged you.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

What Happens When We Don’t Focus on Gratitude?

I am posting the missing part of the post on March 22, 2022. I started the post to tell about three problems. However, I became tired and sleepy. I decided to write only one problem but forgot to change the three problems to one. Below is the complete article. Thank you, Grace, for catching the error.

When some people think of gratitude, they think of the Thanksgiving holiday. But gratitude is so much more than an annual holiday. It’s a way of life that can profoundly impact you.

Just as gratitude can positively affect you, refusing to express gratitude has many adverse effects, including these three problems,

Poor Self-Image

It’s easy to develop a poor self-image when you focus on what you don’t have. For example, Mary’s parents couldn’t afford to get her braces when she was young. As she grew up, she would look in the mirror and focus on how ugly she thought her teeth were.

Over time, this habit led Mary to develop a poor self-image. Instead of seeing herself as a beautiful work of art, she focused on her flaws. The more she focused on her teeth, the less Mary wanted to take care of herself in other areas. It created a loop of negative thoughts that Mary carried everywhere she went.

Difficulty with Forgiveness

Emily was in an auto accident with a drunk driver. Although she survived, the accident left her with long-term nerve damage down the left side of her body. The other driver walked away without a scratch and without ever apologizing.

She waited to have her say in court, only for the other driver to get a light sentence. Emily fell into a deep depression. While she suffered every day in pain, the offender walked free, and his life was barely impacted.

Then one day, Emily wrote a letter she never sent. In it, she forgave the man who had hurt her so deeply. She decided to stop focusing on what the accident had taken from her that day. Instead, she looked at what it gave her—a second chance at life, a new business she loved, and a deeper relationship with her husband.

Negative Mindset

Paying too much attention to what you don’t have can create a negative mindset. It happened to Jody. She followed a leader she admired on Instagram. The woman’s posts seemed to indicate that her life was perfect. She had a beautiful home, a loving husband, a thriving business, and two /beautiful kids.

Over time, Jody became friends with the other woman. She was shocked to learn that the leader’s life wasn’t perfect.

The beautiful house was a rental because theirs destroyed in a hurricane. The loving husband was seriously ill and in need of caregiving. The woman’s children had life-threatening allergies. The thriving business was in the middle of a messy transition.

When Jody asked why the other woman never shared about these things on social media, the woman shrugged, “Despite it all, I feel blessed. Yes, my life is hard, but there’s so much I’m grateful for.”

Don’t allow negativity, bitterness, or a poor self-image to keep you from living your best life. Gratitude is a choice, and it’s one you can make right now, no matter what’s happening around you.

Until tomorrow, stay safe, and keep the faith.