I heard a man interviewed about writing thank you cards (http://www.365thankyounotes.com/). The idea made me smile from ear to ear. His idea had nothing to do with the obligatory thank yous one is supposed to write, but rarely does, after receiving a gift. His lesson was to write thank yous to the people in your life for the things they do that bring you happiness.
For years I’ve done something very much like this. My version of writing the thank you note is to bake chocolate chip cookies. I’ve delivered cookies to the frame shop for cutting full sheets of mat board into the size I needed and to the key shop that took the time to track down a blank to duplicate a very old key and the guy at the Quik Stop who helped me when my radiator blew, etc. There’s nothing quite so fun as showing up the next day with a plate of yummy thanks.
But thank you cards can be passed out on a much larger scale. I was quick to start forming my list: the smiley guy at the drive thru coffee place, the cashier at grocery store who without fail tells me about a Spontaneous Smiley she’s found since the last time I stood in her line, the janitor for my classroom, the giggly woman I sit next to at Board (bored) Meetings, the volunteers at the White Elephant sale, and on and on.
I’m adding thank you notes to my New Year’s Resolutions (that and no more eye rubbing). I look forward to handing them and mailing them to people who’d never have imagined getting acknowledged. Showing gratitude not only makes them happy, it will make me happy. I know that showing appreciation makes you appreciate even more!
Smile. Be Happy.
(note prominent radiator, that’s how it fits this blog entry)