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Gratitude – Part 5

Now that you have had time to think about what makes you experience gratitude and thankfulness, consider toward “whom” you feel grateful.  This festive season of the year may be an ideal time to give this gift of gratitude to the person who comes to mind.  I have selected another exercise from the work of Martin Seligman to guide you.  If you can think of no one who evokes gratitude in you, consider what might have contributed to this absence within you. 


 Select on important person form your past who had made a major positive difference in your life and to whom you have never fully expressed your thanks.  (Do not confound this selection with new-found romantic love, or with the possibility of future gain.)  Write a testimonial just long enough to cover one laminated page.  Take your time composing this….  Invite that person to your home, or travel to that person’s home.  It is important that you do this face-to-face, not just in writing or on the phone.  Do not tell the person the purpose of the visit in advance; a simple “I just want to see you” will suffice.  Wine and cheese do not matter, but bring a laminated version of your testimonial with you as a gift.  When all settles down, read your testimonial aloud, slowly, with expression, and with eye contact.  Then let the other person react unhurriedly.  Reminisce together about the concrete events that make this person so important to you.

Posted in Gratitude on 13 December 2009
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