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November 24, 2015


Dorothy Smith

While I didn't quite meet the challenge of a thank-you note a day, I did use this exercise throughout December and January. Two things happened for me. First, I received a response from two friends...one who communicates with me regularly via email, mail, phone. She had to write to me to tell me I was a jerk and made her cry (that's a compliment). The other friend is someone I don't hear from, but have continued to reach out to. Guess the thank you note did the trick. I received a lengthy thoughtful letter from her. Reconnection!

The other thing that happened was that I used the thank you note as a way to help me through angry feelings I was having with people in my life. Instead of firing off an irritated email, I wrote a thank you note remembering the things about these people that I was grateful for. I experienced an immediate change of attitude and instead of receiving a negative communication, they received something positive. What could be better?

I'm keeping note cards in my purse to continue this practice.

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