GRATITUDE CARDS – WHERE TO BEGIN
Tips for finding words to express your noteworthy gratitude
We learn pretty early in our lives to have good manners — to offer a smile and say “thank you” for a door held open, a treat, or a gift.
Expressing gratitude asks us to dig a little deeper. It asks us to notice, appreciate, and reflect on the people who bring kindness and joy to our lives. It may take some practice. Maybe lots of it. Putting your heart on paper for someone is a nice place to start.
BEFORE YOU WRITE
So where do you begin with this beautiful, and very blank card? How do you decide the who and the why for expressing gratitude?
We have a little assignment to help. So, get comfy and settle in. Have paper handy and a pencil (or a pretty gel pen if you’re fancy).
Now ask yourself:
- What makes a happy and meaningful life?
- Who are the people that support and inspire me to grow and cultivate that life?
Big and important questions, right? Journal or outline your thoughts. Reflect on the people who are your foundation, who you admire, who inspire you, and who are your continual support in creating your version of the best life. Are you smiling a little to yourself? You’ve likely answered the “who” and “why” questions behind your first gratitude card. Now, it’s time to write.
Eloquent prose may be in some of our tool kits, but it is not required for a gratitude card. Any words you choose with intention will be enough. Expressing to someone that they are valued – that their presence is felt in your life – will be more than enough. Be your authentic, sincere, and true self.
Gratitude = Kindness + Appreciation + Reflection
Dear Friend, I have been thinking a lot about how much you mean to me. Your unwavering support and kindness gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams. I will always remember the time you . . .
A gratitude card is simple. It is short. It is sweet. And, your card is going to a gracious audience. The likely recipient is someone who believes you are pretty special, too.
Leave “perfect” in the desk drawer. Gratitude is a life-long practice. If we show up, we are doing it right.
Getting started can be the hardest part. Try reading through our gratitude invitations. Pick a prompt below and see where it leads. You can also explore the gratitude word list at the bottom to spark some creativity.
Through your example, I have learned. . .
You make me and others feel seen and worthy because. . .
I always smile when I think of you and remember. . .
I always look forward to time with you because. . .
Your kindness inspires me to. . .
Without you in my life I would never have. . .
When I’m feeling down and doubtful, I remember the time you. . .
I hope one day I will be like you because. . .
You give me courage to. . .
Without you I would have never. . .
My life was changed for the better the day you. . .
What I appreciate the most about you is. . .
If I had just three words to describe you, I would choose. . .
Did you know the day you did _______ changed everything?
- heart felt