The comedian and late night show host Jimmy Fallon is known for adding variety to his show with various skits and games. He has a segment called “Thank You Notes” where he can be seen theatrically writing thank you notes with his own thoughtful theme song. The thank you notes share gratitude to pop culture icons, inanimate objects, or social events. He thoughtfully takes to pen and paper and writes a satirical thank you note to the item, person, or event that lists the benefits of the item and why it is necessary. He has written thank you notes for everything from summer barbeques and pop tarts to parents weekend at local colleges and daylight savings time. Although Fallon’s notes are humorous and satirical, they make a good point. The act of writing thank you notes is an art form and helps us reflect on gratefulness and positivity.
Whether you are the recipient of a gift, or a kind action, we all have something in our lives to be thankful for. In our day-to-day rush we don’t always stop and thank those in our lives that give up precious gifts. From monetary to emotional, thankfulness needs to be communicated. A thank you note is more than just communication: it is mindful reflection. A hand written note is personal, but also gives the writer the benefit of dwelling on the positive, and contemplating the gifts and gestures that have inspired the note. For anyone struggle with mental health and wellness, redirecting negative thoughts can be difficult. Taking time to be thankful and to dwell on the positive aspects of a situation can certainly train your mind to react differently.
I love hand written letters and cards, and the thank you note is no exception. When I receive a card or note, I am reminded of the thoughtfulness of others. The notes also provide an indicator of how invested in our relationship my friends and family are. Brookhaven Retreat® LLC, is a community and as such it encourages mail and contact of loved ones while you stay at the retreat. Whenever the postman arrives, there are plenty of incoming and outgoing messages of thoughtfulness and gratitude. What are you thankful for today?