Friday, March 30, 2012

the thank you note project

Remember my post about the power of thank you?  Earlier this year, I read a book that changed me.  A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life by John Kralik.  You can pick it up at Amazon for about $11.  That's two lattes.  This book is totally worth two lattes.  Trust me. 

It's about a man who is in the very worst position of his life.  His career, marriage and relationships are failing.  He sees no hope at all.  His friends are concerned about him.  And then he has a revelation.  On a hike one day, he hears a voice that tells him to be grateful for what he already has.

He resolves to spend the next year of his life writing thank you notes.  By the time he has written 365 of them, his life and his perspective on it have been completely transformed.

He writes them to his children, to the Barista at Starbucks, to the janitor of his apartment building, to the wife he is divorcing and hundreds of others.

The point is, when you look for things to be grateful for, you find them.  Hundreds of them.  And genuine gratitude powerfully changes you.

The book inspired me.  So much that I decided to take on my own thank you note project.

And so...

It's officially begun!!

This Monday 3/26/12, I started with my first thank you note.  It was included in the care package we sent overseas.  Since then I've written 3 more.  Every day for 365 days I plan to keep writing one more.  I have no idea who I am going to write 365 thank you notes to, but that's the point.  I will look for people to write them to and I know I will find them.

Some will be hand delivered and some will be mailed.

Some will be to people I know and some will be to strangers who don't even know my name.

Thank you note #4 was written yesterday to YOU, my sweet blog readers.  I can't really mail it or hand deliver it, so I took a photo so that I could share it with you here.

It says...
"Thank you for reading this blog and joining me on this journey.  Your sweet comments, encouraging notes and friendship mean so much to me.  I am truly grateful for each of you. xoxo Amber"

Each day, when I write my note, I type it into a word document so that I can correct any grammar or spelling.  So, essentially, when I write the note, I am copying from my word document.  I type the date beside each entry and this will become a journal of this project.  I think it will be fun to look back through it and recount all of the gratitude that filled the year. 

I am really excited about this project.

I would love for you to join me in the thank you note adventure.  I am confident that only good can come from gratitude.


  1. This is awesome! I might have to go out and buy that book, it sounds amazing. Thanks for being such an inspiration. I actually just bought some really cute Thank You cards at Target, just to keep on hand.. but now I'm thinking they're going to get some use!

  2. What a wonderful idea! I love your notes too-colorful & happy! I keep notes that I have received through the years and they can be such a source of inspiration. The book is amazing by the way. Life changing for sure.

  3. I have been loving your acts of kindness posts! I bought the kindle version of this book on Amazon this morning after reading your blog post. ($3.43, yay!) I can hardly put it down!

  4. you are extraordinary and I am in, in, in!!!! So very grateful for you and your big heart, Amber. You are truly an inspiration.

  5. p.s. will you consider selling that note card template on london reid? I love it!

  6. I recently read this book as well on our Spring Break trip. What an inspiring read! I will send the book with my first thank you note when I start my own 365 project. It's fun to see someone else so inspired!

  7. This is an amazing, life transforming idea. Thank you for sharing this book and idea. Its inspired me to start my own thank you project along with my boys.

  8. Thank you for being next to me on one of the most important days of my life... Love you

  9. I loved this book too! I read in one day - it was an easy read, and I wanted to know how it all worked out. I am finding huge changes in my life, by focusing on things to be grateful for each day, so note writing is a wonderful extension of that. I think it is a wonderful gift to be able to really let people know how grateful you are. Looking forward to writing many, many, many thank you notes!


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