“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” A.A. Milne
The goal — write 360 notes of gratitude
Why? How about 10 good reasons?
10. It’s easier than you think and only takes a few minutes
When you sign-up you’ll receive
A weekly email with tips and suggestions — the number of people with whom you interact and want to thank will pleasantly surprise you.
A virtual community of support through the 360° of Gratitude Facebook page and website.
A Gratitude Tracker App available for .99¢ to help you keep track of your notes and to add some support and fun. (coming soon)
And, as a bonus, a “Create a Habit of Gratitude” blog series.
9. Positive focus
I know it’s important to focus on the positive and I even know that where my attention goes, my life goes. It’s just that my attention seems to wander. I intend to focus on the good stuff but then some guy cuts me off in traffic and I end up obsessing about it for the rest of my drive or I come to the end of my day and focus on what I haven’t done instead of the things I did do.
Perhaps you’ve kept a gratitude journal. I have, and it was too easy to forget to do. This is my solution. Let’s take gratitude out of the solitary confinement of a journal and make it a very public venture with a community of support. Positive focus with public support!
Merriam-Webster defines trust as “the belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.” I know when you write a note of gratitude to your local police officers and they know that you appreciate what they do this simple act builds a relationship and trust. I personally love the idea of creating more trust in our world through personal relationships. That’s what 360° of Gratitude is about.
7. That lonely feeling
The reason the urban myth about the person who dies alone and when discovered many days later has had part of their face consumed by their cat (or dog) keeps making the rounds is that no one wants to die lonely. No one. Building community is one way to prevent the aforementioned tragedy and one simple but effective way to build community is to recognize your neighbors. Writing a simple note of gratitude for being part of your community is a great way to start. Simply put, if you nurture your local community, your local community will nurture you. You both create and become part of a virtuous cycle.
6. Better service
According to Herzberg’s Theory, people are motivated by, among other things, recognition and a sense of achievement. Does writing unexpected thank-you notes create motivation? Consider this: if you spend a couple minutes writing a thank you note to your garbage collector (or event planner, or dry cleaner, or cheese maker), he or she will know you notice and appreciate what they do, which will make him or her try a little harder or do a little bit better job. We all would. It’s human nature. A little thank you goes a long way towards better service. While better service isn’t the point of 360° of Gratitude, it is sure to be a nice side benefit.
5. Safer neighborhoods
If you’re neighbors, the police officers that patrol your neighborhood and the firefighters who arrive in an emergency all know that they are appreciated, you’ll live in a safer, more connected community. Wow! That’s some sort of good karma you’re creating by noticing and thanking those that live and work around you.
4. Genuine smiles
We all know it when we see it. A genuine smile lifts both the giver and the receiver. As you reach out and thank the people you interact with, you will be on the receiving end of many genuine smiles of greeting. You can’t put a price on that.
3. You’ll be healthier, no sit-ups required
“Greater Good, The Science of a Meaningful Life” reports that gratitude not only makes us happier but promotes a stronger immune system and lower blood pressure. That’s some sort of health benefit in exchange for a couple minutes of writing.
In Paul Tough’s book, How Children Succeed, he notes that gratitude is “one of seven traits that will help make a child successful.” Healthy and successful – who doesn’t want more of that?
Ubantu is a South African term that means “I am because of you” and it expresses the idea that we exist in relationship to others. 360° of Gratitude is about noticing the Ubantu in our lives. By thanking those who support us both directly and indirectly, we take the time to recognize that “I am because of you.” In doing so, it comes full circle. By appreciating others, the circle of appreciation grows.