Monday, February 19, 2018

5-Minute Project: Share Gratitude

A couple of weeks ago, I was reading about a kiddo who was struggling with some major health concerns. In that moment I was reminded of how much I appreciated Pip's pediatrician, who helped me find the answers I was searching for when I knew my child was ill.

I immediately posted this on Facebook:

This morning I am feeling especially thankful for our pediatrician, [I included her name and practice]. She listened to me and my concerns about P's health when we were brand new patients. After two others asked me to "wait and see," she's the doc who pursued testing, found the markers for P's celiac disease, and referred us to a pediatric GI for diagnosis. She never seems to be in a hurry, and I mean that in a good way. She hears everything I am compelled to tell her when we're in her office. She's calm when I am worried. I am so grateful she is here.

It took a couple of minutes to type, but the post got quite a few responses; all were positive. My comments seemed to encourage others to share their good experiences, too (in this case, appreciation for this particular doc).

This got me thinking... every November, as we approach Thanksgiving, I see and hear people sharing things they're thankful for, and it's inspiring. I realized how much more pleasant daily life (and social media) could be--for me, anyway--if it were peppered with more "hey, check out this good thing!" I mean, who doesn't like to hear about good things?

So the next week, I posted a quick "Thanks, fellas!" directed at a local automotive parts store. Again, people chimed in about how great the shop was and how helpful the employees were. Happy. Uplifting.

This is fun. I encourage you to give it a shot.

There are many ways to go about it, and none of them have to take much time or be a chore; choose the one that fits your lifestyle. Or try out a combination of them. Whether you post about your thankfulness on social media, or hand write a thank you note, or type an email, or send a text, or say so face to face or on the phone,  please take a few minutes this week to share your gratitude. And maybe do the same the next week. And the next. See if it doesn't give you a little boost to let people know that their efforts don't go unnoticed. 

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