Expressing gratitude is a healthy habit that has been shown to increase a person’s life satisfaction.
Thank you—two little words that mean so much. They are among the first words we teach our children. And when we teach our children and grandchildren to express gratitude and appreciation, it reminds us to keep those words active in our own vocabulary.
But what about thank you notes? It seems in this age of texting and social media, the art of writing has been lost, or at least diminished. And while thank you notes are special, just remembering to say thank you is key.
Most people acknowledge gifts for weddings, showers, and graduations, but what about Christmas presents? Are we in the habit of always practicing thanks?
I admit I often fail in this area. If I receive a gift in the middle of the year or for a birthday, I am usually good about writing thank you notes; however, during the holidays with so many things going on, somehow the gifts that family give, while appreciated, don’t always get the proper thanks. Our immediate family members may not expect a hand-addressed stamped envelope to arrive in the mail, but expressing thanks to our family and extended family builds in us a habit to express thanks to others. A simple note stating thanks for the gift and appreciation at being remembered is adequate. If the friend or family member is someone you saw at the holidays, expressing pleasure in having seen them is another nice addition to the note.
Writing thank you notes is just one way of expressing gratitude in our daily lives. The decorations have been put away for another year, and many will return to work on January 7. That marks the official end of holiday celebrations. Take time to finish the season by expressing appreciation for the gifts you have received if you haven’t already. Write a note, or at least take the time to make a phone call. Be an example to your kids and grandkids. No matter what their ages, a reminder about those two little important words—thank you—is a good idea.
And while we are on the subject, THANK YOU to my blog followers! I appreciate you.