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When do you last say "Thank You?"

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“No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”— Alfred North Whitehead

 Now that your school is over for the summer, take time to acknowledge the people who have made a difference in your life with a card or note. Often these people are unsung heroes. Many teachers, counselors, coaches and others have been leading and guiding, and at times, pushing and prodding you to be your best.  Let them know the impact they have made.

 The teachers, counselors and others who have helped you, rarely get a thank you from the students they served.  Make their day by remembering and acknowledging their contributions. Personally, I’ve saved every thank you note, card, and email I received from a student or parent in the past 25 years and keep them in a binder.

 Top tips for saying “Thank you”.   

  1. Say “Thank You” the old-fashioned way. Hand write the note yourself.  Make sure it is neat and easily read.  Don’t let your parent write it. The words should come from you. 
  2. If writing a 'thank you' note is a daunting task, you can use this basic formula from holidappy.com to help you get started. They also provide a few samples you can use to get started.
  • Make it personal. Use Dear…, with first or last name.
  • What are you grateful for?
  • How much you appreciate their care and guidance.
  • The difference they made in your life.

3. If you want to get creative, go to wishesmessages.com and create a poem that expresses gratitude and appreciation like no other.

 Take Action  

  1. Create a deadline for yourself to complete the thank you's. 
  1. Think of all the people you can thank.   Don’t leave anyone out.  
  1. Deliver it yourself, the old-fashioned way. Put a stamp on it and mail it, or put in a teacher’s or counselor’s box.   

What are the benefits of thanking others?

Thinking of others doesn’t cost money, it certainly doesn’t take much time, and the benefits are enormous. Research by Amy Morin in Forbes Magazine reveals gratitude can have seven benefits:

  1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships.
  2. Grateful people sleep better.
  3. Gratitude improves physical health.
  4. Thanking others enhances empathy and reduces aggression.
  5. Gratitude increases mental strength.
  6. Thanking others improves psychological health.
  7. Gratitude improves self-esteem.

Life is so much better when you focus on what you have – rather than complain about what you don’t have. Developing an attitude of gratitude is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life.

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