Most of us always feel thankful for so many beautiful souls in our life. But then we get busy and move onto the next task or appointment or project or day or month or year… and we don’t always stop and take a moment to express our thankfulness.
I have a theory that thankfulness expands – the more we think about it and share about it, the more it takes over our life (in a good way!). To show you what I mean, I would love for you to try this thankfulness experiment (please take your time with it – it probably won’t be done all in one sitting):
1. On a scale of 1-10, write down how thankful you are feeling right now in this moment.
2. And now, take a few moments to think about 10 people who you are thankful to have in your life. Choose people who have brought you joy or lifted you up or have showered you with love. Choose people who bring a smile to your face and a light to your spirit when you think about them. Choose people who brighten your world. Write each of their names on a piece of paper. And then write down how thankful you are feeling right now in this moment (on a scale of 1-10).
3. Next, write 10 letters expressing your thankfulness to these 10 different people. (You can write a letter and mail it, you can send them an email, or you can write them a message on Facebook.) Let them know what they mean to you. Your letter doesn’t have to go on for pages and pages, but it does need to come from the heart. Share how their love and their presence has helped you. Share how grateful you are to have them in your life. And then send it off with love. Take time to really tap into these feelings of gratitude and appreciation. Sit with them and allow them to soak into your body. After you have finished writing the last letter, check in with yourself and write down how thankful you are feeling right now in this moment (on a scale of 1-10).
4. Finally, send the letters. Take some time to imagine your loved ones reading your sweet words. Imagine your kindness floating throughout their body and swirling through them. Imagine how appreciated they must feel in this exact moment. After you have spent a few minutes imagining how they are feeling, write down how thankful you are feeling right now in this moment (on a scale of 1-10).
I would imagine that your thankfulness levels have increased throughout this experiment. I believe that the more we tap into feeling grateful, the more it expands inside of us. And when you multiply that gratitude by 10, I have a feeling it will expand even more!
I would also imagine that your loving heart will continue to expand as you hear back from your loved ones – as they share what reading your words meant to them. And I would imagine that your loving letter will help expand their own hearts, and because of that, they will spread love to others. It’s such a beautiful rippling that goes on and on and on.
I love experiments like this because they show us how powerful love and gratitude are. They show us how connected we truly are. And they show us how easy it is to tap into this thankfulness any time we choose to.
I would love for you to give this experiment a try. See if you can expand your own level of thankfulness. Prove me right by upping your number with each letter that you send! And in the process, you’ll make 10 people’s hearts feel very full. You’ll make 10 people feel very loved.
And that’s always a good thing.
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P.S. – I have 2 quick reminders for you! Our huge 1/2-off sale on our Soulful Journals ends on the 30th, so be sure to stock up before then! They make wonderful holiday gifts! See them all here: http://www.soulfuljournals.com
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