Why You Should Write a Gratitude Letter
When was the last time you expressed sincere gratitude?
Acknowledged a favour?
Or reciprocated a gift?
Such a simple gift, favour or help can touch the heart in profound ways.
Urging you to share the good feeling with the entire world. While forgetting to express your gratitude. Or even try to reciprocate it.
Writing a gratitude letter is one of such simple ways – to express thankfulness.
You will also benefit [7 Whys]
1. Drives optimism. It will plant optimistic thoughts in you;
2. It is a simple way of doing good;
3. It is a genuine show of appreciation;
4. It is personal;
5. Aids positivity. It will spread positive feelings;
6. It is an opportunity to get creative (use coloured pens, include drawings etc).
7. It is part of gratitude to Allah (swt)
Getting started [How-to]
Think of someone who has touched your life in a positive way – e.g., a teacher, neighbour or friend. Reflect about the way their gift or support has impacted your mind, body or soul. Then express your gratitude in simple but honest words.
One of the recommended prayers that one can say to whoever gives him/her a gift is “Jazaaka Allahu khayran” (may Allah reward you with good). Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: “Whoever has a favour done for him and says ‘Jazaak Allaahu khayran’ has done his utmost to thank him.” [At-Tirmidi].
You can also respond in kind to the favour along with your letter in the form of a card or simple gift.
The Prophet (saw) encouraged responding in kind to favours, as he said in an authentic narration: “Whoever does you a favour, respond in kind, and if you cannot find the means of doing so, then keep praying for him until you think that you have responded in kind.” [Abu Daawood]
So do you remember the last time you actually did this, if ever?
Why not give it a try?
All you need is a pen and notepad to get started. It is a simple yet profound act.
It is rewarding and an eeman booster.
It will impact on your general sense of being, plant the seeds of optimism and strengthen your relationships.
Still rethinking it?
There is always a reason and more to thank someone.
Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet (saw) said, ”He has not thanked Allah who has not thanked people.”
(Sunan Abu Dawud)
Will you show your gratitude to Allah (swt)? Who will you thank today?