How writing thank you letters could totally change your life

How writing thank you letters could totally change your life

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You can probably hear your mom’s voice right now. “Did you write a thank-you note, dear?” I can’t be the only one whose mom was a stickler about thank-you notes. Well, as I learned from our recent Spawned podcast guest, author Nancy Davis Kho, there are more reasons than just appeasing your mom to write thank you notes. Research has shown that gratitude can have positive physiological effects, not to mention lots of other benefits that we discuss on the show. And Nancy offers listeners some fantastic, actionable ways to  bring more gratitude into your own life, and to foster that with your kids.

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More about The Thank You Project

Hitting the shelves on December 3, The Thank You Project: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time is a helpful guide to a gratitude practice that involves writing thank you letters to people, places, even things in your life. Over the course of a year, author Nancy Davis Kho wrote 50 thank-you letters to celebrate her 50th birthday, a practice which she shares in her new book.

Whether you’re looking for a way to bring more gratitude into your own life, or you want to share this practice with your kids, The Thank You Project is a beautiful way to do that (or give that gift to someone else). I’m going to be doing this myself starting January 1. Join me! You can pre-order this book at our affiliate, or find it on December 3 at your local bookstore or local library.

We’re also big fans of Nancy’s podcast, Midlife Mixtape. If you’re not a subscriber, we highly recommend it.

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It’s a fantastic keepsake for Jon Klassen’s superfans, and an amazing birthday, baby shower, or yes, holiday gift. Adults love the artwork and subversive humor, kids love being in on the jokes throughout the stories.

You can find Jon Klassen’s Hat Trilogy box set, which includes the three hardcover books plus a framable print, at  Amazon.

Our Cool Picks of the Week

Nancy: Dear Girls, by Ali Wong. It’s a little raunchy, a little touching, and a super quick read. (Amazon affiliate)

Kristen: The USPS Operation Santa! Adopt a letter and help a family in need this holiday season.

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