Welcome to Week 3 of ‘Building Blocks for Wellbeing’
This week’s activity: ‘Smile in an Envelope’
‘Smile in an Envelope’ is a gratitude and compassion exercise.
Expressing thanks and your gratitude is one of the simplest ways to feel better.
According to Harvard Medical School, research has shown that gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater levels of happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
A psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania tested the impact of gratitude by assigning a weekly assignment to participants to write and personally deliver a letter of gratitude to someone who had never been properly thanked for his or her kindness. The participants immediately exhibited a huge increase in happiness scores. The impact was greater than that from any other intervention, with benefits lasting for a month.
The video below ‘The Science of Happiness’ illustrates how showing gratitude is an important skill and impacts positively on you expressing gratitude but also the person receiving the gratitude and appreciation.