The Power of Written Gratitude: How Expressing Thanks Can Transform Your Life

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By Anna Marikar

 We’ve talked about the power of gratitude journaling and how it can work wonders for your mental health. But did you know that sharing your thankful scribbles with others can be even more beneficial than keeping your gratitude list to yourself?

Writing down a few words of appreciation in a cute card can turn someone’s day around, and the good vibes keep on spreading!

So, let’s dive in and explore why expressing gratitude with written words is an easy-peasy way to boost your wellness game.

Writing Has Power

When life gets busy, it’s easy to get wrapped up in our own never-ending to-do lists and forget to give credit where it’s due.

That’s why a heartfelt note of gratitude or appreciation can truly make someone’s day. In today’s fast-paced world, these spontaneous gestures of kindness are all too rare, which is precisely what makes them so impactful.

Taking the time and effort to craft such a message is a powerful act of kindness, one that can benefit both the recipient and the sender.

So, let’s explore the reasons why writing a simple note of thanks can pack a big punch of positivity.

Sharing Gratitude Strengthens Bonds

Sending a personalized note or message is a simple yet powerful way to demonstrate that you care. While words may have meaning, actions truly speak louder.

Receiving a surprise note can brighten anyone’s day and lift their spirits, especially if they’re going through a tough time. This small act of kindness can significantly strengthen existing bonds, as it’s a highly personalized gesture.

When people feel valued and appreciated, they tend to experience a sense of closeness and purpose. Your written expression of gratitude and acknowledgement will undoubtedly have a positive impact on your relationship.

14 Easy and Meaningful Ideas to Get You Started

Your words of gratitude don’t have to be in hand-written form, although that is a nice touch that’s rare these days.

You can send your words digitally if you prefer, like a text message or watsapp message.

Your message doesn’t have to be long, either. Any written words of appreciation will be a start and can be quite meaningful. 

Showing gratitude through simple acts of kindness and written expressions of appreciation can have a powerful impact on the people in our lives. Whether it’s a handwritten note, an email, or a text message, taking the time to express our gratitude can improve our relationships, boost our own well-being, and spread positive vibes to those around us.

Here are some examples: 

  • Mail your best friend a funny card with a personal note of appreciation just because
  • Give your doctor or other professional a written message of thanks for their service
  • Text a friend a note of support on a difficult day
  • Write a letter to a loved one expressing your indebtedness
  • Slip a little love letter into your significant other’s coat pocket 
  • Send your colleague an email thanking them for their assistance
  • Drop a post-it note of love in your child’s lunchbox
  • Leave a note of thanks and a small treat for your mail carrier or delivery person
  • Write a positive review for a business you’ve had a good experience with
  • Send a heartfelt message to a teacher or mentor who made a difference in your life
  • Compliment a stranger and leave a small note of encouragement
  • Leave a handwritten note of thanks for your housekeeper or other service provider
  • Write a supportive message to a loved one on a milestone day, like a birthday or anniversary
  • Leave a sweet note of appreciation for your partner or spouse on the bathroom mirror
  • Write a thank-you note to a volunteer or someone who has helped you in a meaningful way.

This is just a short list to spark your own creativity.

People from your past, older relatives, neighbors, kids’ teachers and other meaningful people in your life should be considered as recipients for your words of gratitude. If possible, try to take on this practice daily, at least for a while. You’ll see the momentum can lead to some pretty amazing results.

So, let’s get started on this journey of spreading positivity and gratitude!

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Anna is a Wales-based writer and graduate from SOAS University of London.
As the voice behind On Your Journey, she empowers women to embrace holistic well-being and spiritual growth through her expert insights into wellness and symbolism.
When she isn't writing thought-provoking articles, you'll find her busy crafting and raising her 4 children.

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