The Thank You Project: Cultivating Happiness One Gratitude Letter at a time.
Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
10 Weeks in Autumn 2021
Starting September 22
Every Wednesday Morning for 10 sessions
Time: 9:30 to 11:30
Place: Online – Zoom
Would you like to be happier?
After a year and a half of what many experience to be difficult levels of isolation, I thought we could use a workshop to rewire our brains and increase joy and resilience.
Research suggests that an ongoing practice of gratitude basically rewires our brains to reward us for the positive perceptions we have of the people around us. (2015)
That mindset creates more gratitude and “elevation,”–a lovely scientific term defined by social psychologist Jonathan Haidt as “a warm or glowing feeling in the chest [that] makes people want to become morally better themselves.”
Writing a letter expressing gratitude to someone is one of the most common prescriptions from scientists and researchers for people to elevate gratitude levels in their everyday lives. Sociologists at the the Greater Good Science Center at University of California–Berkeley, have identified a number of physical health benefits that happen from the regular practice of gratitude, from better sleep, to more energy, to improved asthma control.
Like my other 10 week workshop this fall (Fingerpainting on the Moon) this workshop was inspired by reading Nancy Davis Kho’s book of the same name and wanting to do my own Thank You project. And then I thought there are probably a few other people out there who want to up their happiness quotient. And with my current thinking about accountability and supportive community, I decided to do this as a workshop.
So I’m inviting you to join me for this 10 weeks of acknowledging who and what we have to be grateful for. This will be a writing workshop held using the AWA practices and principles.
REGISTRATION AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.
Workshop will be limited to 10 people.
Gratitude and happiness go hand-in-hand.
Who helped you become the person you are today? As Nancy Davis Kho approached a milestone birthday, she decided to answer that question by sending thank-you letters to the many people who had influenced her, helped her, and inspired her over the years: family, friends, mentors, teachers, co-workers, even a couple of former friends and exes. While her recipients always seemed genuinely pleased to read the letters, what Nancy never expected was the profound and positive effect the process would have on her. As it turns out, emerging research proves that actively appreciating the formative people in your life, past and present, can lead to a lasting increase in your happiness levels
|An Article by Nancy Kho: What Happened When I Wrote My Mom a Thank-You Letter