Breaking in to the habit of practicing gratitude on a regular basis was something that didn't come naturally to me. It's not that I'm not grateful - but living with anxiety and depression can make me turn inward and focus on the negative much more that the positive.
One small way that I've been practicing at attitude of gratitude is to write letters. Letters to friends, family, clients, customers, new acquaintances simply thanking them and sharing how grateful I am to have these people in my life.
I love writing. I write daily either in a professional arena or for personal use. So using my writing to develop an aptitude for gratitude and incorporate it in to my daily life seemed the natural way to go.
I recently sat down to write out notes to my health coaching clients with some new stationary from Basic Invite. I customized the cards to suit my brand, my style and to include my name. While browsing I stumbled upon seemingly endless options for cards, stationary, basically any paper product imaginable - all customizable, with nearly endless color options. With graduation season coming up there are loads of custom graduation announcements as well as thank you graduation cards which I think often get lost or forgotten ;) You can also send out a link to all your friends and family to fill out and Basic Invite will capture addresses for you. So simple!
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It's easy to get lost in the inner dialogue of negativity or simply the daily hustle and forget to stop for a moment and be grateful. Whether it's sitting down to write out a few thank you cards or using a few minutes before bed for expressive writing, it's not just good practice in being a kinder human, it's a proven way to cope with stress and anxiety. When I'm writing and especially when I'm writing thank you notes, or just kind letters to friends, I feel lighter, happier, freer. Like the words have escaped from my head and are down on paper and no longer weighing me down, nagging at me from the back of my head, begging to be set free.
3 SIMPLE STEPS FOR SHARING GRATITUDE
1. Think of 3 people right now for whom you are grateful.
2. Write to them. On paper. And tell them how much you love them or how much they mean to you or simply a funny or heartfelt story that made you think of them.
3. Actually mail the letter. How many times have I forgotten to mail something and weeks later it seems too late and I never do it? Too many. Put it in an envelope (Basic Invite has over 40 colors!), stick a stamp on and toss it in the mailbox!
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