Cheryl Richardson has always been one of my favorite ‘life coaches’. Her weekly newsletters with a ‘take action challenge’ for every week often spur me to do things that I would not normally. This weeks newsletter has her annual “The Thank You Game”.
There are so many people out there who work with/for us everyday silently in the background, without a word of thanks or a smile in return. It doesn’t cost us anything to show thankfulness or gratitude, yet most of us walk about with a chip on our shoulder often saying, “It’s their work, they get paid for it. Why should I say thank you?” To these people, one just wants to ask, “How do YOU feel when someone says a thank-you or acknowledges your contribution, even though it’s just part of your daily work or something relatively ‘minor’ in the scheme of things?”.
Think about it. Gratitude is one of the best gifts to give, this holiday season. I’ll start the game by saying a big Thank you to all my online friends, both known and anonymous, many of you just names on imaginary faces. Thank you for visiting my blog to read about my version of the world. Thank you for your comments, your criticisms, your affection. Hope to see you in the New Year, happy with the way your lives are progressing. Good luck and God bless!
Cheryl’s “The Thank You Game” from this weeks newsletter
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“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” –Leo Buscaglia
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This week’s newsletter is our annual “Thank You Game” broadcast with a few updates. Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, it’s a wonderful way to bring some unexpected kindness and gratitude to others.
The object of the “Thank You Game,” is to find a creative and inexpensive way to thank or acknowledge those people in your life that often get overlooked. For example you might do something like:
1. Send a bouquet of flowers to a busy mom.
2. Offer support to a military family in your community. You might send a note of comfort, help out with work around the house, or offer to take someone to lunch. Some of these folks have been away from their loved ones for several months and could really use your loving kindness.
3. Speak to the boss of an administrative assistant who has provided you with exceptional care, and let him or her know about how great you were treated.
4. Send a thank you card to someone who would least expect it like your auto mechanic, lawyer, accountant, dental hygienist, or doctor. If you own a deck of self-care cards, include a card, too.
5. Bring a box of chocolates to your post office and let the employees know that you appreciate them (from what I’m told, they rarely get this kind of acknowledgment).
6. Leave a larger than normal tip for a favorite wait person.
7. While driving, make it a point to stop and let others into traffic (smile too!).
8. Bring a box of brownies to your local fire or police station to thank them for their protection and hard work throughout the year (I do this every year and I’m telling you, the shocked faces make for half the fun).
9. Send a free “self-care” e-card to thank someone special. You’ll find them on our website here: http://www.cherylrichardson.com/postcard/
10. Write the words “thank you” on the bills you pay this month.
11. Bring some homemade cookies to a local Veteran’s home.
12. Send a note of thanks to the favorite coach who takes good care of your son or daughter.
Whatever you decide to do, unleash your creative spirit and have some fun. As you play The Thank You Game you’ll probably discover that saying thank you and giving to others feels so good you’ll want to do it throughout the year!
~*~ Take Action Challenge ~*~
Stop for a moment and browse through your address book to identify the people who serve you, keep you safe, or help make your life easier in some way. Then, consider the people in your neighborhood, community, family or friends. Who could use a special acknowledgment this week? Make a list of at least five people and thank one special person every day!