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“Gratitude is like a love letter to your life. And you’ve got to write one each day.”
Have you ever written a love letter to someone else? I know I have. As we know a love letter expresses our feelings for another and is a form of showing some appreciation and gratitude for who they are as a person as well as what they mean to you. It is in my opinion a lost art form since the dawn of technology with email and texting. Now I have another question for you. Have you ever written a love letter to yourself? I’m sure more than likely the answer is no. It is funny that we will do this for others but not for ourselves especially when we need it the most. The Head of Mindfulness for Calm Tamara Levitt mentions in today’s quote that gratitude is a like a love letter to your life and that we must write one each day. Just like we have our daily routines in life, this is an important one we should prioritize in our lives.
I realize that time is always a factor but what we prioritize gets done. This is something that is essential to our own well being. On the website andthenwesaved.com Anna Newell Jones listed 34 ways we can show gratitude and instantly have a better life as a result. I’m sure that some of these on this list you are already doing while the news ones will allow you the ability to add to yours and others’ gratitude bucket:
1. Be an active listener
2. Give out compliments
3. Make eye contact
4. Give a detailed example of appreciation
5. Be thoughtful of others
6. Volunteer for unpleasant tasks
7. Give a hug
8. Just be there
9. Be gracious when challenged
10. Offer congratulations
11. Show off their gifts
12. Share their joys
13. Be patient
14. Share their praise
15. Select small, thoughtful gifts
16. Write handwritten notes of thanks
17. Handwrite ‘thinking of you letters’
18. Handwrite letters of encouragement
19. Write a love letter
20. Journal your blessings
21. Be a support system
22. Share your talents
23. Perform a random act of kindness
24. Pay it forward
25. Tip well for good service
26. Donate to charity
27. Volunteer your time
28. Host a gathering for your dearest friends
29. Help a stranger in need
30. Share your material possessions
31. Say you’re sorry
32. Visit the sick and/or elderly
33. Always say Thank You
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards improving your self awareness?
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