I want to help you not just survive, but THRIVE in these crazy times. Yes, it is an uncertain time and there are things that we won’t be able to control – but it doesn’t have to be an obstacle, it can be an opportunity.
For 7 weeks I am going to send you a daily dose of inspiration, because if we set our compass right, we can sail through this!
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” – John F. Kennedy
Tip # 14: Say thank you
One of the greatest antidotes for feeling alone or unsupported is to acknowledge the people who make a difference in our lives. The bubble of suffering can be swiftly burst when you change your story – reaching out to say thank you to people changes your internal story to that of a person who is supported, lucky & loved.
The bonus is that it also has an uplifting effect on the receiver of your thanks – you help them see themselves as a powerful, kind and generous person.
Start with the most obvious candidates: your close family, friends and colleagues – take a moment to call or message or chat to them and let them know how much you appreciate them. Go into detail about how they impact on your life in a positive way (it may feel a little vulnerable – but it is worth it!)
Next, reach wider and see the ripples flow outward. Send a letter or message to people from your past who have had a lasting impact on you, imagine the joy of an old friend or teacher or relative you’ve lost touch with when they hear that you still think warmly of them. Also consider taking a moment in fleeting interactions on the phone, online and in life to genuinely thank people for their help or kindness whenever you can.
Saying thank you is not just polite. When you mean it, you will make the receiver’s day brighter and also constantly fuel your own feeling of being supported and surrounded by brilliant people.
Recommended Reading: 50 Ways to Show Gratitude for the People in Your Life