It is the time of year to gather together and share our gratitude for all of the things we have to be grateful for. My family has always made a point to go around the table and share a few things that we are thankful for at Thanksgiving but it is also something I try to do on a daily basis!
I like to start my time at my desk every day with a note of thanks to someone that I feel especially appreciative of. Sometimes the note is for a gift or to a host but other times it is just someone I am thinking of that day.
I started out my daily gratitude practice by following Oprah’s advice and keeping a gratitude journal and it was wonderful at the beginning but a few weeks in, I found myself listing the same things over and over again: my family, my home, the food before me, my work, etc. I also started to ask myself why I was keeping these things tucked away in a private journal? Isn’t the whole point of expressing gratitude to share it with others?
That is when I started to send a note of thanks instead of hiding my gratitude away in my journal. I have found that receiving “snail mail” is filled with extra joy these days as it has become so rare but there is nothing wrong with sending a digital message instead. A kind email, short text or encouraging DM can have the same effect.
Many people tell me that they have a hard time writing notes so I’m sharing this simple tried and true 3-3-3 formula that makes it easy. Remember, the more often you do something, the easier it becomes so start writing Thank You Notes today and in a few weeks, it will be second nature!
The 3-3-3 formula was shared with me many years ago by an etiquette expert, Colleen Richenbacker. I’ve adapted them over the years to make them work for me and I hope you will do the same! Let’s keep sending our gratitude and spreading the love!
The stationery shown here is by Bell’Invito, a brand I love! They were a gift from the founder who has been so supportive of many wonderful Dallas area non-profits so I send her my appreciation and gratitude! If you are looking for new stationery to write your notes on, please reach out to them!