National Thank You Week is the perfect time to spread good cheer and encourage thankfulness through good manners, gifts, or just appreciating each other more. Doing just one of these can really make the difference in someone’s day.
Good deeds cause a ripple affect; do something kind and good things will happen to you, as well and someone else, who will then do the same. Compliments and thank you’s are infectious. Hearing something positive, even just an earnest “thanks for doing that” can be an amazing feeling that will make you feel appreciated, and we all need it sometimes.
Why not follow this example and pass something on this Thank You week. This could be done in many ways. One of the most exciting is the ‘Pay it Forward’ method. Buy two gifts, they could be identical, they could be whatever you choose. Gift these to someone you would like to say thank you to, along with a note instructing the other to be passed on to someone they would like to thank. Encourage the person you thanked to keep the good deed going and pass on two gifts, so that this can keep spreading love and appreciation further and further, touching everyone involved, eventually making a difference to the lives of hundreds of people.
The idea behind Paying it Forward is based around continuous positive momentum. Just like a machine that never stops moving, if just one person decides to start, it can kick off a chain reaction that never needs to stop.
Too often we get inspired by great ideas to make the world better but let ourselves get discouraged or disillusioned. If we continually remind ourselves that people are making our lives better, that that fact should be celebrated and rewarded, we can make a positive change on a potentially global scale. Studies have shown that giving to charity or giving gifts to friends activates the area of the brain that releases ‘feel-good’ chemicals, and this has been speculated as an evolutionary beneficial trait that fostered teamwork in early man, which would in turn aid survival.