The project, writing letters of gratitude, that Nancy Davis Kho started as her own personal challenge is inspiring. After reading this book, I predict that thousands of people are going to start their own letter-writing project to thank the people in their own lives.
Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time
She set herself the goal of writing one letter a week for a year. Just think of it, 52 people (past and present in your life) getting a heartfelt letter telling them what they mean to you. The author saved copies of all her letters and reads them over when she needs to get relief from current worries and daily issues.
She writes with a quick turn of phrase that makes it a fun read. I defy anyone to read this book and not get caught up in the enthusiasm of the author and the realization that you can do this too. I can imagine people forming groups or starting this as a youth project or a church activity. It could become a movement that sweeps the country.
She shares snippets from her own letters to give you ideas and starts you off with the suggestion of making a list of people you want to write.
Now seems like the perfect time to send letters like these. Everyone is feeling stressed out by the pandemic and other things going on in our country and the world. Just imagine the boost of receiving a letter from you reflecting on what they mean to you.
You can start by making a list of people who have touched your life. It could be important people like your parent, your child, your sibling. Of course, you’ll think of teachers, ministers, group leaders, maybe a doctor, but think also of those who may only intersect with you ever so briefly but have importance to you. I might write a letter to the package delivery person.
It could be someone who is gone from your life. The letter won’t go out through the mail but putting your feelings onto paper is still meaningful. Even someone who you might have negative feelings about might merit a letter. How about the ex-spouse? Perhaps you might find that there are things to be thankful for despite the break-up of the marriage.
For those staying at home during the pandemic, it’s the perfect time to take on a project like this. Let me know if you do so.