SUPERPOWER #1: THE POWER OF GRATITUDE
During our first Praxis call, we were told the importance of saying thank you- after interviews, after group calls, after someone does you a favor, or provides you with some value. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate; a quick thank you email is enough. I’ve done this without fail this month, and the practice has had a remarkable effect on me.
When I say thank you, the recipient knows how I feel, and I get a sense of peace that from that understanding. When I say thank you, that nagging feeling that something is undone dissipates, and I get a sense of completeness as a result. Too often, the work of people in our lives goes unacknowledged and unappreciated. When I say thank you, my sense of justice is satisfied, and I get a feeling of pride at having acted rightly.
I saw a movie many years ago in which one character says,
“What you feel only matters to you. It’s what you do to the people you say you love that matters. That’s the only thing that counts.”
The statement has stuck with me ever since because its a great reminder that other people don’t have access to your thoughts and emotions unless you tell them. If you want to be understood, you must communicate. Sending thank you emails has helped me put this belief into practice. Thank you, thank you emails!