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May 11, 2015

WEEK 7 OF ACTION: ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

by PBUnitedWay
have an attitude of gratitude

It’s Monday afternoon and the mail arrives. Some bills, a magazine, lots of “junk” mail… and what’s this a handwritten note for me?

You open the envelope and the first thing you read is “Dear Friend.”

I love getting an unexpected note of gratitude.

What would that mean to you, to hear from a friend out of the blue? Especially when there was no real reason for it – no gift had been given, no favor had been done.

The average person receives about 700 emails per week and an average of 40 text messages per day. Technology has increased the amount of information we are receiving, but at what cost?

According the US Postal Service, the typical home received a personal letter every seven weeks where it used to be every two weeks. It may seem silly, but there is still room for the handwritten note in personal and professional communication. They cost something, mean something, and have permanence in a way emails and text messages don’t.

So pause for 10-15 minutes each day over the next week – and take the challenge by writing 7 notes of gratitude to someone in your life.

Maybe it is a family member, a friend you haven’t seen in a while, a neighbor, a co-worker, someone that helps you with childcare or carpooling, someone that pushes you to be a better person and the impact that they make in your life.

Feeling appreciated is one of the strongest human desires, so hand write your note of gratitude, not for a holiday, not in return for something specific… just because.

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