Remember Reminder #7: Say Thank You

Remember Reminder #7: Say Thank You | The Nostalgia Dairies Blog
#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.


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39 thoughts on “Remember Reminder #7: Say Thank You

  1. I’m most thankful for my son and the fact I was able to have him. I’m thankful for the healthy life I’ve been given and those around means hopeful that continues.

  2. I am so thankful for 3 healthy girls. I’m so thankful for amazing family and for my grandparents to be able to spend time with their great grandchildren. Thank you for reminding us to pause and reflect on what we are thankful for.

  3. I’m thankful to have parents who supported me and taught me how to be independent. I am a resourceful and confident person because of them. Thank you for this beautiful post!

  4. Gratitude is one of my major goals in life. It changes my perspective on everything. I think sometimes it’s easy to be annoyed with things that have happened, or regret things that we did or didn’t do, but when we look at our experiences through the lens of gratitude, we see what we have LEARNED from all those experiences, and we can be grateful for them…even if we wouldn’t ever want to go through it again.

    1. Yes! You might like this Sunday’s Everyday Nostalgia post – it will be all about this!

  5. This is one of the things I want my children to learn. Gratitude and thankfulness make life worth living.

  6. I’m thankful for my children and my husband that without hesitation took in my neice + nephew 4 years ago. And for my parents for everything they have done and still do.

  7. Yes! Saying thank you is actually kind of a big deal. I get really frustrated when I am with people who don’t tell someone thank you for a service they provide. Even if it’s the Drive-thru window at McDonalds, I still think “thank you” is a must!

  8. I am thankful for my past even if it is a bit ugly. It’s molded me into who I am today. I’m strong, independent, I work hard and am loving. I am a better wife and mother because of it!

  9. I’m thankful for seasons…a chance for a fresh start & an opportunity to embrace new family rhythms.

  10. This is a great reminder! I am thankful for my sweet daughter and husband and thankful to have grown up in a family where love was abundant.

  11. I have been practicing gratitude for the past year where I write things down daily. It really makes an impact on how I approach each day and how I end each day. I am thankful for my family who support me no matter what kind of crazy ideas I am up to next!

  12. Love this! I actually have a grateful jar in my office. Every morning I write on a slip of paper what I’m grateful for and place it in my jar.

  13. I’m grateful for my dog, who always puts a smile on my face. I’ve been out of town, so I’ve been missing her. I’m also grateful for parents who will do the littlest things that they know mean a lot to me, like sending a picture of my dog to me every day when I’m away. They’re the best!

  14. I’m very thankful for my husband and son. It’s interesting though, my husband and I were just talking about some friends we’re not really in touch with anymore and had kind of had a falling out with, but how we’re still grateful for the time we had with them. I still appreciate their part in our history. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. This was so welcomed in my realm today. Dealing with ungrateful people makes me realize how much more important it is for me to be thankful and let those who help in my life journey that they are much appreciated. Thank you.

  16. I am so thankful for the way that I was raised. I am blessed to have two parents that love me unconditionally. I am also thankful that my husband was raised with the same love. This makes me thankful for my future, knowing that our kids will be raised with as much love as parents can give.

  17. Such an important reminder. While it is easy to focus on the challenges, it so important to reflect on all the good in our lives and take the time to express our gratitude. I am so thankful for the love an support of my family, both in the past and now.

  18. I count my blessings every morning that God gives me another day to live. I have a post it that says, “Grateful for what I already have” on my door exiting my bedroom. It makes me stop and think about everything and how lucky I really am…

  19. Honestly I’m grateful for all parts of my past– good and bad…. because I feel each moment led up to who I am today and I am blessed to feel so happy with the life I lead ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. This is a great reminder for anyone who gets stuck in a rut of feeling down about certain aspects of their life. Don’t focus on what you don’t like about your life, focus on what you do like and be grateful for it. I love it!

  21. Gratitude is one of the greatest practices one can have. It has helped me through the toughest times in my life. I’m so grateful for my husband and friends and the love I had from my family that is no longer with me.

  22. I love the idea of practicing gratitude every day. I put a gratitude journal together years ago, and while I don’t regularly write in it anymore, I do reference it regularly!

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