Living Thankfully, 3

by teresalaynebennett

photo of thank-you card and hand with pen ready to write a thank-you note


Living Thankfully Tip #3:
living thankfully is yummy-good for you
because it causes others to want
to do even more good things for you.


Whoa. Hold it right there. I know what you’re thinking. I’m not saying that’s why we practice gratitude – to manipulate others into doing good things for us, as that would be just plain wrong.

I’m simply pointing out that this is one of the happy by-products of living thankfully. Most of us, except for the aberrant bunch, are hard-wired to want to do good for those who are grateful when we do good things for them. In fact, most of us can’t find a way fast enough to thank others for their thoughtfulness.

A couple of years ago, I made a repeating event in iCal to send someone a thank-you every Monday morning. Apparently, I wasn’t paying attention because it was a rather short list during the first few months.

But after a few more months, Monday mornings found me with a long list of people I wanted to thank. I kept paying attention: the list got longer and longer. There seemed to be no end of people I wanted to thank. See how this works? Thankfulness begets more events prompting thankfulness.

But we’re not quite ready to stick a fork in it and call it done. Pay attention: the fourth and final post in this Living Thankfully series is now out of the oven. And in my humble opinion, it’s the whole point of the series – The Gratitude Grand Finale, if you will. But then, I would say that, wouldn’t I?

© 2014, Teresa Bennett

red box with white text: “What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it - would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.” – Ralph Marston

Wisdom from “The Daily Motivator”