How Just One Little Note of Gratitude Can Brighten Someone’s Day

Writing is a powerful process. Sharing your written words of appreciation with others can have an even bigger impact than journaling privately. Personal notes can really brighten a person’s day, and the positive vibes are far-reaching.

Writing Has Power.

In a busy world, we can get caught up in ourselves and the things we absolutely must accomplish each day. Our minds are filled with tasks and things we need to get done. It’s easy to forget to acknowledge the important people in our lives. It’s for precisely this reason that receiving a note of thanks or appreciation is so very meaningful.

A personal note or message shows you care. Words have meaning, but it’s often said that actions speak louder. A positive surprise almost always improves someone’s day and mood. This can be especially impactful if you intentionally send your message to someone you know is going through a rough patch. This small gesture can strengthen existing bonds because it’s such a customized act. When people feel a personal attachment, they tend to experience feelings of closeness and meaning. Your written acknowledgement of their importance in your life will surely affect your relationship in a positive way.

Your words of gratitude don’t have to be in hand-written form, though it truly is a nice touch that’s a rarity these days. You can send an email or a message on Facebook. And your message doesn’t have to be long. Just sharing that you’re thinking of them can be quite meaningful.

Some ideas:

  • Drop a post-it note of love in your child’s lunchbox
  • Slip a little love letter into your significant other’s coat pocket
  • Send your colleague an email thanking them for their assistance
  • Mail your best friend a funny card with a personal note of appreciation just because
  • Text a buddy a note of support on a difficult day
  • Give your doctor or other professional a written message of thanks for their service
  • Write a letter to a loved one expressing your gratitude

People from your past, older relatives, neighbors, kids’ teachers and other meaningful people in your life should be considered as recipients for your words of gratitude. If possible, try to take on this practice daily, at least for a while. Set a challenge for yourself to reach out to someone every day for a week. You’ll see the momentum can lead to some pretty amazing results.

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