Rx 23 Write a Letter of Gratitude

Dear Readers,

Hope that you are doing well despite these challenging times. The pandemic had led to some unexpected changes in my life, leading me to take a sabbatical from blogging.

However, as February 18th is approaching, I wanted to post this updated version of a short video that explains the how and why of writing a letter of gratitude. Please join me in helping make this an annual practice worldwide – and in so doing, we can increase positive emotions among others and even within ourselves.

These are difficult times for millions of people. At the same time, it is important to keep sight of the selfless service of so many people, including those who have put their own lives on the line while helping others in need. Despite the challenges and tragedies associated with the pandemic, surely there are people who make a positive difference in your life, even if it is in a small way.

I invite you to take a moment to consider what is going right in this most imperfect of times, and to please consider writing at least one letter of gratitude to someone who has touched your life for the better.

Thank you for subscribing and thank you for sharing the word to help grow Write a Letter of Gratitude Day into an annual worldwide event.

Dr. S.D. Shanti
P.S. If you happen to have ties to the University of Michigan, I would be grateful if you might consider sharing this with your contacts there, for reasons you will discover in the video.

Write a Letter of Gratitude 3:34 mins

Any Time is a Good Time to Write a Letter of Gratitude and Especially so During Isolation

If you are in isolation during the COVID-19 crisis, you might consider taking some time to write one or more letters of gratitude. It’s easy to see all the things that are not working. But despite that, what is still functioning?

Who are the people in your life that matter? You can use the time of isolation to look back at persons who made a difference or are still making a difference in your life. I encourage you to write them a letter of gratitude. It is a good way to make use of your time. And it is a good way to engage in meaningful activities that help keep you emotionally healthy especially during stressful times.

If you have children, you can also do this activity with them.

If you have time on your hands or are looking for something to do with your children, you should definitely consider writing one more more letters of gratitude to the people who have made a difference in your life.

The short video below will help you get started on writing such a letter if you are unsure. I am working to make February 18 Write a Letter of Gratitude Day around the world. I chose this date to honor Chris Peterson, a psychologist who was a colleague of mine. He was a pioneer researcher and scholar in the field of modern positive psychology.
However, as you will see in the video you can write such a letter any time but do it at least once a year on what would have been his birthday.