I’m pleased to share with you an excerpt from this piece on gratitude I wrote for 12most.com, which ran this past Wednesday:
12 Most Earnest People to Thank
Recent research has shown that giving thanks improves health and happiness. Often that practice is translated into some kind of meditative thankfulness, giving a mindful nod for various blessings that have enriched our lives.
I would suggest that a more practical approach could yield even greater results and spread even more joy: Tell someone with skin on, someone you can look in the eye, how thankful you are for them and why.
This list offers a few potential starting points, in alpha order.
1. The Advocate
We all need bridge-builders in our lives, those people who expose us to new opportunities, who introduce us to important connections, who make the impossible possible by standing in the gap for us. A big thank you to all you good references out there. You know who you are.
2. The Beautifier
Throughout our small seaside town there are several common street corners made less common and more lovely by the anonymous efforts of several green thumbed volunteers. If it’s you, let me know so I can shake your calloused hands and say, “I noticed.”
3. The Cheerful
Life can be tough. Mornings are particularly tough (for me), and Monday mornings… forget about it. As my friend Holly has pointed out to me, at times like that, there’s nothing more welcome than “the Starbucks barista who is cheerful and upbeat even while you, in a pre-caffeinated state, struggle to articulate your order.” Indeed.
4. The Darer
“You can do better than that.” Oh, that’s a hard thing to hear. But blessed be the deliverer of that dare. We are sharpened by such friendships.
To read this article in its entirety, visit 12 Most.