Say Something Grateful

November 20, 2013

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget
that the highest appreciation is not to utter words,
but to live by them. ~ John F. Kennedy

My day job is in communications at a public hospital. Annually we celebrate “Gratitude Month” as a way to build resilience for the doctors, nurses, and other staff who daily endure stressful situations as they provide medical care to others in crisis.

This year I wanted to do a little something for the group of staff who plan and implement gratitude month. I used this tutorial from Damask Love to make mini gratitude journals for each member of the committee.

Gratitude Journals | Card and Parcel

The project was a lot of fun and I think they turned out pretty cute. I’m handing them out this week. I also was inspired by this trail mix recipe by Say Yes to Hoboken and put together little “thank you” goodie bags for my office. (I also made Rice Krispy Treats.)

Goodie Bags | Card and Parcel

Scientists tell us that expressing gratitude makes us happier. I know that when I make an effort to recognize what I have to be thankful for, it definitely improves my outlook. And, doing something unexpected for others is just plain fun!

How do you express gratitude? Do you keep a journal? Do you agree with President Kennedy’s suggestion that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them?

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