This simple activity is considered one of the most powerful positive interventions by leading positive psychology scientists around the world. Creating a Gratitude Letter will have an immediate impact on enhancing your personal well-being AND the well-being of the person you are expressing feelings of gratitude towards.
Keep it simple. Just get started. Here’s a suggested opening you can use (or write your own words). Dear (Person’s name): I wanted to take a few minutes to thank you. It might be surprising to get a Gratitude Letter out of the blue but I wanted to tell you why I am grateful to you.
Then just list a couple of things for which you are grateful. Give specific examples if you can since this makes it more powerful.
Expand the joy.
If you want to get the MOST benefits from this positive exercise…. It’s even more powerful when the person writing the gratitude letter gets to read the letter to the person receiving the gratitude letter. If you can’t do this in person, perhaps you can read it to them over a video chat or the phone. Or you can mail the letter.