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.
Here is an example that a Soaringwords supporter sent to us.
I know I don’t say this as much as I should, but I just wanted to take the time to thank you. When I was dealing with my chronic pain at its worst a year ago, I really felt like I could count on you. It didn’t matter that you didn’t always know what to say. The fact that you were trying and you were there for me — it meant everything to me. I remember on my birthday, you stopped by to give me a cupcake and a card. I have that card hanging up in my bedroom now, as you might have seen. It was a small touch that showed your endless compassion and empathy. I am so grateful for your friendship. Also, thanks for letting me text you whenever I wake up in the middle of the night from pain. I know you love your sleep! See, you make sacrifices for the people you love. That’s something I want to pay forward to you and other friends because you make me feel so loved. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
When children and teens are ill, they experience many different feelings that are hard to express. Digging Deep: A Journal for Young People Facing Health Challenges, is an exercise journal created by Rose Offner, MFA and Sheri Brisson, MA to empower children and teens with medical conditions to build resilience through their challenge. You can download the individual journaling worksheets here in English or Spanish. Subjects include: Circle of Support, Treatment and Hospitals, My Life, Moving On, Identity and Self-Esteem, Feeling Exploration.
Click here to download different theme pages and to start writing your unique journal.
STEP 1: FILL OUT VOLUNTEER FORMS, ATTEND THE VOLUNTEER TRAINING CALL, AND PROVIDE TWO PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES
STEP 2: HELP RECRUIT
5–10 LICENSED ZUMBA® INSTRUCTORS TO JOIN YOUR HOSPITAL TEAM (KIDS/GOLD SPECIALTIES RECOMMENDED)
STEP 3: IDENTIFY THE HOSPITAL
- Identify a local hospital with pediatric patients.
- Ask your friends and family if they know someone at the hospital who can help “open the door” if Soaringwords doesn’t already have a relationship with that hospital.
- Soaringwords will reach out to the hospital to get approval, or you can take the lead once you have talked to Soaringwords. Download recommended hospital introduction documents through Dropbox: http://bit.ly/1ErYaN9
STEP 4: VOLUNTEER TEAM CO-LEAD SITE VISIT
Schedule a hospital visit prior to the first class to meet with hospital professionals to:
- Fill out any necessary paperwork the hospital may require.
- Confirm monthly date, time and space.
- See the room/space for the class and perform a sound check.
STEP 5: GET STARTED
If you are the team lead, be sure to confirm with the hospital and your volunteer team one week prior to each monthly class.
STEP 6: BE A CHAMPION
Complete mandatory Post-Event Feedback Form after each class: https://goo.gl/iN5zni
Email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and Soaringwords will feature you in social media! Have fun!
Since 2012, we have providedfree monthly Zumba® Fitness classes in pediatric hospitals. The overwhelmingly positive reaction from hospitalized children, their families, and hospital staff has inspired us to expand this successful initiative. That’s where we need your help to share more Zumba love!
Volunteer Job Description:
-Be part of a small and vibrant team.
-Respond to daily email requests from Zumba Fitness instructors and hospital partners. Troubleshoot to get the classes running in hospitals.
-Manage on-going relationship and logistics: collect monthly feedback from Zumba leaders and hospital partners.
-Help coordinate Zumba fundraising events.
-Photoshop experience is a plus.
If interested please email us at email@example.com or call 917-499-3783.
You can work at our office or remotely. We are located at 54 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018.