Thanksgiving is a holiday that has tradition in giving thanks and being grateful for what we have. In light of the pandemic, many people are just realizing what they have been taking for granted. From objects to people, we are realizing that we do not appreciate the things we have as much as we should. This holiday season we should express our gratitude for the good we have.
One way to do so is through a gratitude visit. A gratitude visit is when you write a letter expressing your appreciation and gratitude to someone who has made a big difference in your life. It is. A heartfelt letter that reflects on positive experiences with a person who has made a big impact. Once the letter is complete, you hand deliver it to the person the letter was written. Read it to them and take in the person’s reaction. It is a wonderful experience when the letter comes as a surprise to the other.
Here are the steps to a gratitude visit:
Think of someone that has positively impacted your life.
Write a letter about how grateful you are to have them in your life.
Write everything you wish you could tell them or what you have always wanted to say to them.
Write as much as you can and sign it.
Arrange a visit to the person and deliver the letter
Read the letter out loud and pay attention to the to the receiver’s reaction.
For the safety of yourself and others, a gratitude visit can also be done via technology. Email, text, phone call, or zoom can also be used as methods of delivery. Whatever method is most comfortable for the writer. You can modify the steps above to accommodate your method of delivery. A gratitude visit can go a long way impacting your happiness, the other person’s happiness, and improving your overall relationship. Gratitude visits can also be impactful to those who are going through a tough time.
Let us give thanks and appreciation this Thanksgiving to those in our lives who have made us who we are today.
By: Sai Bullock
Mental Health Counseling Intern