Know what happens when you show gratitude? It has a ripple effect. If a stranger in front of you in the drive-thru at Starbucks pays for your coffee, the normal reaction is to pay for the next person in line. It brings a smile and makes you feel good, right?
Why don’t we do this with people we know or we’re following online? What do I mean? Well, if someone writes a Facebook post, a newsletter, a song, a blog post, or does a video that really resonates with you, do you bother to say thanks? How about reaching out to family, friends, clients, or fans?
Did you know that many creatives and entrepreneurs go through highs and lows all the time? Just one person reaching out to say thanks can make all the difference in the world. It can lift that person up and can help them to keep going.
The unexpected email
It started with “You probably don’t remember me but…” I didn’t recognize the name, so I was really intrigued. Turns out, it was from someone I met at a weekend event – a year and a half ago!
She was writing to say thanks for telling her about the healing benefits of drumming. Keep in mind, this wasn’t a drumming event but I obviously must have mentioned drumming during dinner. I later found her business card (I kept the cards from that event together, after I entered their info into my contacts.). On the back of her card was a reminder to send her a website link to purchase a drum online, which I remember doing while at the event. Now she has a drum that she’s learning to use for stress relief and healing. See, you never know how a casual conversation can help someone.
I emailed her back to thank her for reaching out and offered some encouragement. And then I reached out to 3 more people to say thanks and that I love what they’re doing.
The gratitude loop was initiated and kept going. It came back to me and then I released it to someone else – just like the Starbucks pay-it-forward practice. It’s also a whole lot like therapeutic drumming. You send out a ripple of sound waves and share it with others and they send it back to you. It’s great fun and has proven health benefits. Talk about good vibrations!
Gratitude: It’s not just for Thanksgiving
Did you know that a regular practice of gratitude also has proven health benefits, including reducing depression?
This week, think of someone you can thank or encourage. If you need to apologize to someone, don’t put it off. If there is someone you need to visit, like an older relative or neighbor, do it. You may not get a second chance. Or just practice a random act of kindness.
Be blessed….and pay it forward! Happy Thanksgiving!
Dori Staehle, MBA lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is the Founder & CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) at Rock the Next Stage. She’s a mentor, inspirational speaker, best-selling author, podcast host, percussionist, and therapeutic drumming facilitator. If you’d like to know more about how Dori can help you or your organization find their rhythm, contact Dori here.