I’ve mentioned Dr. Martin Seligman before. Although I only discovered him a few months back, his research into the different types of happy lives has really stuck with me. In fact, this guy has loads of great ideas!
So today, I’ll mention another one: The Gratitude Visit.
Here’s what Seligman says…
I want you all to do this with me now, if you would.
Close your eyes.
I’d like you to remember someone who did something enormously important that changed your life in a good direction, and who you never properly thanked.
The person has to be alive.
Now, OK, you can open your eyes. I hope all of you have such a person.
Your assignment, when you’re learning the gratitude visit, is to write a 300-word testimonial to that person, call them on the phone, ask if you can visit, don’t tell them why. Show up at their door, you read the testimonial — everyone weeps when this happens.
And what happens is, when we test people one week later, a month later, three months later, they’re both happier and less depressed.
In the last few years, I’ve been continuously shocked at the powerful impact that gratitude practice has had on my mood, attitude, choice of perspective in times of challenge and adversity, and my overall levels of happiness and fulfillment.
I’m already working on my planned Gratitude Visit. Why not get started on yours too!
Again, it’s down to selfish kindness. If you can’t do it for the sake of doing it, do it with the knowledge that you’ll feel pretty ace afterwards.