Thursday, November 11, 2010

Just a note to say "thank you"

Those of you who read "Why Work Isn't Working Anymore" may remember the "Care Card," a tool to let others know you appreciate and value them, not only for their work but as people.

As has been the case with many of the anecdotal observations in that book, there is now some statistical support. This from an article called "12 Health Boosts" in Prevention Magazine.

Pen a thank-you note

Health boost: Feel 20% happier

Students who wrote letters expressing gratitude to someone special were happier and more satisfied with their lives, researchers at Kent State University found. Other research has shown that expressive writing may improve immune, lung, and liver function; reduce blood pressure; and provide a greater sense of well-being.

But be sincere: "It has to be a heartfelt sentiment showing significant appreciation," says researcher Steven Toepfer, PhD, an assistant professor of family and consumer studies. Dashing off a quick e-mail or texting a pal might not have the same effect, adds Toepfer, who says taking the time to put pen to paper allowed students to reflect: "Through the process of writing, they had time to think about the links they established between themselves and others and to count their blessings a bit, which made them feel more grateful."

So, in this beginning of the holiday season, it might be time to develop a new habit -- the habit of writing simple thank you notes to those who have helped your road of life be a little smoother.

P.S. For those who haven't read "Why Work Isn't Working Anymore," it is, regrettably, out of print. However, the e-book is still available at


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