1,000 Thank-Yous

When trying to go to sleep, instead of counting sheep, try counting things you’re grateful for— in alphabetical order. AJ Jacobs, author

Our national day of gratitude is behind us but I believe every day should be a day for giving thanks and AJ Jacobs, author of Thanks a Thousand, is just the guy to emulate. His book recounts his mission to thank every single person who played a part in making his morning coffee, over 1,000 people. His journey took him from coffeeshop barista to the Colombian coffee farmer to the lid designer. Oh, he also thanked the lady from pest control who kept the bugs out of the coffee warehouse. 

It’s a fact that showing gratitude is good for our physical and mental health. Studies show keeping a gratitude journal helps patients in their recovery and health-care workers’ stress levels decline by an average of 28 percent. We humans are naturally negative. Spreading gratitude is a way to make the world a better place. 

Affirmation: I’m grateful.

Coaching questions: Who have you thanked personally today? What difference does it make when someone thanks you? Think of someone who rarely receives appreciation and thank them.

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Who Deserves Your Gratitude?

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie, American author of self-help books on codependent relationships

In her blog, Cup of Jo, Jenny Rosenstrach told the story of how Gina Hamadey, a writer and content strategist, wrote a thank you note everyday for a year. She used a theme for each month like neighbors, friends, food, family, health and sent snail mail notes to people she had reason to thank. She handed out some notes to people like the bookstore clerk or her babysitter and mailed the rest. You can follow Gina’s progress on Instagram at @thankyouyear.

In addition to love, what the world needs now is gratitude. What would it mean to you to receive a note of thanks?  What would it mean for your children/grandchildren to see you model appreciation? I’m committing to write a note once a week. What about you?

Affirmation: I’m very grateful. 

Coaching questions: To whom would you like to send a handwritten note of thanks? Do it!