Last night, Amy and Joe Jamrock invited Sarah and I to attend a fundraising/celebration dinner for Frontline Foundations - a fantastic Christian substance abuse treatment center based here in Chesterton, IN. The keynote speaker was Tim Sanders - former Yahoo executive and author of Love Is the Killer App.
One of Tim's key points was the amazing positive power of gratitude. Study after study shows that being grateful tremendously boosts our own attitudes, energy, and even health. However, recent studies are also proving that expressing our thanks to others also acts as a huge boost to those around us. That just makes sense. We all like to get thanked, and we feel a little better when someone tells us that our hard work or little kindnesses are actually making a difference in the world. Tim encouraged all of us to write one thank you letter a week to someone who has helped us.
I love that idea so much that I'm creating a new thing (at least for me) - Thank you Thursdays. Every Thursday, I plan to write and to post a short but specific blog or facebook post thanking someone for a specific way they have helped me or improved the world around me within the past seven days.
So consider this my first Thank you Thursday note for Joe and Amy for inviting me to an awesome night with the Frontline crew. It was great to hear their stories, to be encouraged by Tim, and to spend some time with you. Thanks guys.
Feel free to make this viral and start a storm of thank you letters on Thursdays. Really, if thanksgiving is so good for us and everyone around us, why should we limit it to one Thursday a year?