In a recent article I read, the author describes one man’s journey to write one thank you note a day for 365 days. Even in the face of seemingly unfortunate circumstances, the man was able to find one thing every day to be grateful for. That man became the author of the best selling book “A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life” by John Kralik.
Sooo…I guess it worked!
Believe it or not, thanking and expressing gratitude isn’t just a temporary high. There are plenty of studies that show the long-term effects of thanking. In fact, people who regularly express gratitude report more positive moods and optimistic daily outlooks.
Armed with this information I started thinking. What if I ran a little experiment with the less grandiose goal of one thankr every day for just one month: the month of February. For me, February is one of those restless in-between months where the holidays are over but spring has not yet sprung. I want to do something but I’m also unmotivated. It’s very confusing.
Some of the results are shown below. As full disclosure, it was my goal to send one thankr every day but hey, I’m human, I allowed distractions and I am still working toward completing my February thankrs (I’ve got a few more to go). But I’m going to cut myself some slack because I do feel good and, really, thanking should be fun, humorous, loving and sincere – not a job and not a burden.
Please check out some of my thankrs below (HINT: click the pic for the full experience).
Sending love to a team member
BRANDING: local dress shop with great style
VIDEO: thanks to someone in my universe for helping me
Thanks to a friend featuring Notorious B.I.G
Met someone who could relate
A serious thank you (I do have it in me)
Wine night (only some of the damage featured)
BRANDING: using thankr to thank potential clients
Fun night with new vendor
Thanks to a new friend for dinner
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