#rememberreminder: Say Thank You
Even though today’s Remember Reminder — Say Thank You — is probably one of the first things you remember being reminded to do as a child, it very well might be one of the most powerful and important lessons you’ve ever learned.
After extensive research back in 2007, author Robert Emmons found that expressing gratitude — our emotion that that relates to our ability to feel and express thankfulness and appreciation — has the ability to improve our mental, physical, and relational well-being. Being grateful can also impact our overall experience of happiness, and these effects tend to be long-lasting. This makes sense, because we all know how wonderful it makes us feel to say “thank you” to someone. It’s powerful to let someone know that they made a difference in your life, no matter how big or small their kindness or generosity or thoughtfulness may have been.
But now that we think about it, the benefits of being grateful sounds like those of something else we like to put into practice, that little thing called nostalgia.
After all, gratitude and nostalgia do seem to be quite the perfect pair: If you are grateful for your past, you’re more likely to celebrate who you are today — that amazing, wonderful, incredible person called YOU — and you’re more likely to look forward to the person you want to become in the future.
So remember to say thank you — to others, of course — but also for your yesterdays, your todays, and for all of your tomorrows. Because being grateful for who you are — and who you want to be — is something you should always put into practice.
Tell Us: What parts of your past are you most grateful for? What do you think you’ll be thankful for in your future? If you could say thank you for one thing in your life today, what would it be?
We post our Remember Reminder series on the blog here every Friday morning, as well as on our Instagram and Facebook accounts. Just search the hashtag #rememberreminder to find us! And if you have any of your own post-it note Remember Reminders that we should know about, make your own and use the hashtag so we can share the love!
At the The Nostalgia Diaries, our goal is to help you simplify, enhance, and engage your lives by focusing on the most important things: remembering, appreciating, believing, and becoming. It’s all about celebrating the past to create better days today.