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#025: Why you should express your gratitude this holiday season

“We should start choosing our thoughts like we choose our clothes for the day.” - Farnoosh Brock

David Luescher
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Hi All!

Christmas is around the corner - only five more days to go! How will you spend this year’s holiday season?

Today’s issue of the newsletter is about gratitude and before you head off into the holiday season, I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to each and every one of you.

A bit more than six months ago when I hit “Publish” for the first time, I was not really sure where things would be going with this newsletter and I had zero subscribers.

I have to admit that I was a little nervous about putting myself out there and sharing my thoughts and ideas with the world.

I was afraid of what other people will think of me and my writing, so I just didn’t say a word about it for the first month.

My fear was too great that people would laugh at me or think, "Is this now another desperate attempt by someone trying to be Tony Robbins or act as an enlightened guru?" as I began exploring ways to live a more fulfilled life through writing.

But luckily, that hasn't been the case and on the opposite, we’ve grown into a small community in the past months :-)

As we head into the holiday season, I want to wish you all the best from the bottom of my heart.

I hope that you are able to take some time to relax and recharge, and that you are able to spend some time together with your loved ones.

Thank you again for your support and for being a part of this community.

Warmest regards,‌‌

David


An idea for you to consider

It can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and lose sight of what really matters.

This is why I would like to invite you to express your gratitude to someone in your life who has made a difference.

Whether it's a friend who always listens, a colleague who has helped you out, or a family member who has been there for you, do the following exercise.

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Write a gratitude letter, describing in concrete terms why you are grateful. The letter should be specific: Name concrete things they did for you, and how they affected your life. Mention how you currently are, what you are doing now and how you often remember their efforts. Deliver the letter in person and read it aloud to the person, making an appointment with them beforehand but not disclosing the specific purpose of the meeting. Afterwards, have a discussion about your feelings of gratitude and delve into further specifics.

(This exercise was originally designed as part of a class in Positive Psychology at the University of Penn.)

Showing appreciation to others not only helps them feel valued, but it can also strengthen your relationships and bring you closer together.

And aren't our relationships and the love we share with others the things that truly matter?


A quote for you to ponder

“We should start choosing our thoughts like we choose our clothes for the day.”  - Farnoosh Brock
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