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Your Year of Gratitude


Have you heard about Gina Hamadey’s “thank you year?” It’s one woman’s attempt at writing a thank you note every day for one year in efforts to connect with those around her and express gratitude.


Hamadey initially started writing thank you notes for a food drive she had organized, while commuting on the train from Brooklyn to New Jersey. She quickly found that not only was writing thank yous a great way to avoid the mindless phone scrolling that comes with any long commute, but also a wonderful way to connect with people in her life. After a finishing her initial thank yous, Hamadey decided to commit to writing a year’s worth of thank yous to friends, family etc.


To get herself organized, Hamadey chose a theme for each month. Month’s themes included family, health, career, friends etc.. What she’s gained from this project is the mindfulness of the moment, noticing the kindness in her daily life.


So why am I telling you this? Because as we’ve written before, gratitude awareness has many positive mental health affects and this is just one more way to bring a little gratitude not only into your life, but into the lives of those around you. As we enter the holiday season, you’re probably already beginning to write your own cards for friends and family. I encourage you to take it a step further, connect by giving thanks and sending some gratitude as well. You’ll not only be bringing some positivity into your own life, but the lives of others.


What do you think? Would you try this project? If not a letter a day, then maybe just a verbal “thank you” each day? Or perhaps a kind gesture to a friend or loved one, neighbor or stranger? We’d love to hear what you come up with!

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