On July 1 I decided to do something radical. I started a “gratitude project” and spent the next three months writing and mailing 100 letters of gratitude.
The results were so big, so immediate, that I it has reshaped several aspects of my life. The transformation has been truly astonishing.
In the past, I never actually “bought” that the results of expressing gratitude would be so dramatic. Sure, I had read a lot of research of the benefits of practicing gratitude, and had even recommended it to clients for years. But all that time, I was never able to follow through with a gratitude practice. Until now.
Here are just a few things I’ve learned:
- I became happier! But even more than that: a sense of CALM was created over the few months I wrote.
- My memory improved! I couldn’t believe the level of detail of people, places and events that I haven’t thought about in years.
- I was able to use gratitude letters to let go of anger. I tried an experiment. When I was upset or angry, I would write a letter of gratitude to the person I was angry at, and the anger would be gone; or at least, the issues were made so much more manageable.
If, like me, you struggle to actively practice gratitude, I invite you to listen to my latest podcast:
This is part one of my two part Gratitude Letter Writing Project. I hope it inspires everyone to engage in some sort of gratitude practice.
Part Two will be coming next week!