I just finished Daniel Pink’s outstanding book “A Whole New Mind”. I recommend it to anyone and everyone who plans to succeed in the ‘Age of Perception’. It was an eye opener for me and I am sure it will be of immense value to you as well. I will not go into the details of the book, you can find more about it here.
What I AM going to talk about is an exercise that he mentioned in the book which is called ‘The Gratitude Visit’.
This means that every once in a while – it could be every day/week/month – you write a letter to someone who you feel like thanking and never gotten around to it. Explain as to why you need to thank, what for and how it helped you etc.
Once the letter is written, then you go to the person and read it aloud to her/him. However, in today’s day and age, I’d suggest even if we could just email or read it aloud on the phone, it could do wonders for both the ‘thanked’ and the ‘thankful’.
Imagine, someone coming to you and thanking YOU for something that you did ages ago. How would you feel?
Happy? Elated? Top-of-the-world? You bet!
This concept has been advocated by Professor Martin Seligman , an authority on ‘Happiness’ (I know it sounds weird, but click on his name and you will know) who urges everyone to do this on a regular basis TO BE HAPPY! Yes, if you thank someone, it makes YOU happy as well.
Think about this and start writing the names of the people who you’d thank NOW, before its TOO LATE!
Imagine, if everyone started thanking someone and in turn that person thanking someone else, how happy we’d all be!
One who is grateful, is always happy.
If you want to be happy? Thank someone and be happy NOW! Instant happiness!
Happiness is a state of mind.