Have a Happy Heart: Say Thank You

Please and thank you.
I stress these to my students all day. I mean, all day.
Can’t go wrong with sincerely good manners.
Plus, a thankful heart is a happy heart.
Being grateful is part of Happify’s platform. It pops up in many a positive psychology presentation about sustained happiness. And, bonus, it’s unexpected.
Write a personal thank-you card to someone out of the blue, and watch as their heart is deeply touched, their eyes suddenly overcome with “dust allergies” as they wipe away small but blessed tears.

20140316-030041.jpgSo I wanted to find a way to practice gratefulness on a daily basis. Not to minimize my own struggles or discount my bad days, but to form a habit of reflection each day and find at least one thing I am thankful for. This habit will be especially important on the bad days because I will be forced to give my heart a happy jolt when I reflect on something positive for the day.

So for as long as I can handle this daily commitment, I’ll be participating in a Twitter hashtag community: #favepartofday. Trista Sutter (first-ever Bachelorette and author of “Happily Ever After: The Life-changing Power of a Grateful Heart“) started it years ago, and this is one bandwagon I am happy to jump on.

Look to the right to see my first week of Thankful Tweets. Join us on Twitter and let me know (@ecpompili) when you do!

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