Thank You’s and Gratitude

'Tis the season to show Thank You's and Gratitude. When the Christmas tree is up and decorated and family and friends gather around, it's a good time to share your blessings. If you are not sure where to begin, why not begin at the beginning. Some people let fear of emotions or embarrassment from telling others how they have touched their lives. That's OK but wouldn't it make you smile if a friend or loved one let you know how grateful they are for the time you pitched in and helped with the kids or helped with the dishes after a big wonderful meal.

It seems like the Art of Thank You’s has become a lost art. Whether it’s because we are too busy or because we are waiting for a better time doesn’t matter This is the time when the old saying “better late than never” would apply.

Here are a few suggestions for sharing Thank You’s and Gratitude.

Write a note or send a nice card. It doesn’t have to be poetic or fancy, just straight from the heart. Take a moment to center yourself. Picture yourself giving a hug to someone who has helped you in some way. Then just write down what comes to mind. Don’t worry, you won’t get writers block. Some appreciative thought will come to mind. Above all don’t send an email because it doesn’t have the same effect. An email seems impersonal in our electronic gadget filled world.

This might sound crazy but when was the last time you gave yourself a pat on the back. Didn’t that make you feel good. Well, pay it forward!!!

A friend of mine once sent me a letter to let me know how grateful she was for having me in her life. Needless to say I was very touched. So touched, I sent one to her in return and started my own letters of gratitude to those who have done nice things for me. I feel that it really is a unique way of reaching out and letting friends and family know how grateful or blessed we are to have each other in our lives.

The whole point is to give someone reason to smile. It will amaze you how contagious it is. Practice this, acknowledge it, and be aware of how good they feel and how much better you feel too.

Just to let you know, I am Grateful and Blessed to have you in my life.

Be Well,

Tana