Gratitude is defined as the state of being grateful; a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation. Saying “thank you” isn’t just about good manners. It is an attitude that defines and guides. It helps you choose your path, your destiny. The more that you are genuinely grateful for, the more you will have for which to be grateful.
Today, I am going to share a few details about my personal experience with the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge – sending one heart-felt greeting card per day for 30 days. I am on day 14 of my challenge and I have sent over 50 cards. I just can’t stop at one! Chances are, some of you have received a card from me. If you haven’t, do not fear, you will!
I am going to share with you why I choose to do, HOW I am doing it and why YOU should do it, too.
I have a friend who is a diligent card sender. She remembers every birthday and Christmas. Occasionally, I open my mail box to discover a card from her “just because.” She even sent a Mother’s Day card this year!
Every time I receive a card from my friend I feel appreciated and loved. It is such a small gesture but means so very much!
I want to be more like my friend. I want others to know how very much they are appreciated by me! That is why I am taking a 30-Day Gratitude Challenge to send one heart-felt greeting card each day.
As of today, I have sent over 50 gratitude cards! Honestly, I had no idea my list of people whom I am grateful for would be so long! But each day, the list gets longer. And as the list gets longer, I feel more blessed for having each of these people in my life. What a wonderful feeling!
I think everyone should feel this good! If you’d like to add more blessings and wonder into your life, that is why I am sharing my experience with you today.
About a month ago, I was introduced to Send Out Cards, an online tool I now use for my custom furniture business to help with appreciation marketing. Appreciation marketing is a topic for another blog post.
It didn’t take long for me to also see the value of Send Out Cards 30-Day Gratitude Challenge. According the Send Out Cards founder, Kody Bateman:
“Our goal is simple: We would like to, collectively, share gratitude with over 1 million new people by the end of July. Unlike most challenges, the Gratitude Challenge will not only affect you – it will benefit the lives of the 30 other people who receive your messages of gratitude. That is the power of the Gratitude Challenge! Imagine 1 million people knowing they are appreciated. And that will just be the beginning…”
A few days into the challenge, I choose to send my husband a gratitude card. I typed the words that came from my heart onto the card and clicked send. Then my card was printed and stuffed into an envelope and that is when the magic started to occur.
Think about this… what happens when you mail a letter? It’s not like email where you click send and moments later the other persons inbox dings “You’ve Got Mail.” When you send a greeting card over a dozen real-life people (postal workers) pick it up, sort, carry and deliver it to your recipient.
I believe that there is energy – positive and negative – that surrounds everything. I also believe that I control – with my thoughts and attitude – the energy that surrounds ME. When my attitude is one of gratitude that is some powerfully positive stuff!
When I wrote, from my heart, a message of gratitude to my husband, it created positive energy around the card. By the time my card reached my husband, a dozen sparks of positive gratitude had already been fired off.
The morning he received my card, my husband sent me a quick “got your card” text message. However, that night, as we sat on the couch I noticed his hand on my knee. <smile>
As a society, we have forgotten how to show appreciation. We go about our daily business expecting people to do things. We spend more time complaining and expecting than we do appreciating.
You have probably discovered that the more you complain about how bad things are, the worse they seem to become.
Well, the opposite is just as true! The more you appreciate the people and circumstances around you, the more you find to appreciate!
Did you know that appreciation is the number one motivator in the workplace? Employees who feel appreciated are more productive and loyal. Whereas, almost 50% of people who quit their jobs state lack of feeling appreciated as the reason for leaving.
Imagine a world where everyone feels acknowledged and appreciated. YOU can create this world around you!
Take the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge with me, starting today. Don’t wait until tomorrow.
Write down 30 people who you appreciate and starting today, send one of those people a card, every day, for the next 30 days. If you like, you can use the form found on my gratitude challenge website. I will even give you two free cards to send via my Send Out Cards website. Contact me via the form here.
I promise you, if you take this 30 day gratitude challenge with me, pretty soon, more and more will be placed in your path worthy of your appreciation. And when it does, would you do one little thing for me? Would you send ME a gratitude card?
“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” – Tony Robbins