Be grateful…If you are anything like me, you don’t express gratitude as much as you could or should. It’s not to say that I don’t feel grateful, I just don’t express it. Of course we all say the obligatory thank you when we have been contributed to, but that’s not really expressing gratitude.
My wife, Toni, who recently passed away, was a teacher and a coach to thousands of people and was one of the most generous people I’ve known in my life. She was taught by her parents, her father would say to always arrive at someone’s house with your arms so full that you have to ring the doorbell with your elbow. Gratitude and generosity are very closely linked. Toni was also the most prolific note and card sender I have ever known. She always had a stack of blank cards within arms reach that she would write thank you notes in and mail out every day. Often times she would include things like candy bars, or a book or an article.
In all of her groups and trainings, she would include, as an assignment, writing gratitudes to people in their lives. Most would oblige reluctantly. We would collect them, add a stamp and mail them for them. She wanted to make sure that they were delivered because she knew what would invariably happen. Students would get phone calls, often accompanied by tears, thanking them for their wonderful card.
Think about it. How would you like to receive a card out of the blue acknowledging you or expressing gratitude for something you did?
Let’s all be more grateful and make more people in our lives smile.