Gratitude Letter

10 minutes | Gratitude

How do I do it?
Write a letter to a person who has influenced you life in a positive way. This could be a teacher, relative, mentor, or coach. If you can, read your letter aloud to the person you chose.  

How does it work?
Gratitude letters help you focus on the positive influence of another person in your life. This reminds you that someone cares about you, and that you matter. In addition, reading the letter to your chosen person can be a powerful experience for you and the recipient—more than you originally expected.

Consider the following:
• What do you most remember them doing or saying? 
• What is an important memory or experience from your time with them?
• How would your life be different if you hadn’t met them?
• What character strengths do you most appreciate most about them?
• What makes them special and important in your life story?

Inspired by: Seligman, M. E. P., Steen, T. A., Park, N., & Peterson, C. (2005). Positive psychology progress: Empirical validation of interventions. American Psychologist, 60(5), 410-421.

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