June 2015: Happiness Stamped
To write and mail an encouraging letter, note, or card to someone once a week by snail mail. So spread a little joy through a simple act of kindness...because everyone loves receiving mail!
What Went Down:
What I ended up writing to everyone was how much and why I was grateful for them. What they truly meant to me. All of their best qualities. How they inspired me/my family. That their actions towards me/my family did not go unnoticed.
Emily's Reflection Questions:
At the end of the month, look back over the key words of encouragement...are these words you need to be speaking to people more often?
Yes! Especially to those closest to me. I tend to do this on birthdays and special days (like Father's Day), but not in the ordinary, everyday moments. This challenge has shown me how I need to step up my game in expressing my gratefulness to God, my husband, kids, and family.
Are these words you might like to hear from someone about yourself?
Another resounding yes! Especially as a mom of little ones. In the midst of piles of folded laundry and tonight's casserole dish, I want to see that what I do in the everyday moments is noticed. And that they care about what I do for them.
My husband and kids really are very good about thanking me through physical affection, but sometimes I need to hear it too. I just want to know that I'm appreciated.
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Putting It All Together:
I've seen that I want others, especially my family, to be thankful for me and the little things I do...BUT...that I also need to express that gratefulness for the exact same things to them.
When I don't hear or express gratitude, I feel down, stressed, overwhelmed, etc. in the everyday moments. It makes me feel bogged down because I focus on the work or what's missing.
But when I am grateful in word and deed, it brings joy. That's because I'm focusing on what I've been given (aka who I'm doing all of this for!) and the beauty of the little things.
|Via Verily Daily Dose|
I will express my gratitude, especially for my family, in the everyday moments.
I'll thank God for my husband, my kids, the sunshine, a working dishwasher...
I'll thank my child for picking up their toys, good behavior at the store, eating all of their dinner...
I'll thank my husband for folding the laundry, changing the baby's diaper, working hard at his job everyday for us...
And I'm not going to vocalize my thankfulness just because I want it in return. I will express my gratitude because I want to focus on the beauty of the little things and live a life of joy!
Did you participate in this 12 Months of Bliss encouraging snail mail challenge? What did you learn from your experience doing Happiness Stamped? (If you wrote a blog post about it, please comment below with your link!)
I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
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