Writing Thank You Notes…To Everything


Meet the most grateful person on the planet -  Leah Dieterich.  Her mother “always told her to write thank you notes. So she does. To everything.”

Her book, thxthxthxand twitter feed (@ttthhhxxx) are a collection of sweet, funny moments of gratitude.  There’s a lot of chatter about keeping gratitude journals these days, and – thanks to Oprah – I think they’re doing quite a racket at Barnes & Noble.  But if you’re like me – you’ve already got a stack of half-filled diaries you just couldn’t keep up with.  (By the way, I hope I die with a lot of notice, so that I can torch them before anyone finds them.)

I say my thanks each night before bed – it’s my own little version of “Now I lay me down to sleep” – only I talk a lot more about food and boys.

So Leah’s approach just feels right to me – gratitude in 140 characters or less.

I’m going to make an effort to tweet thanks once a day for the next month – join me over on twitter (@thewonderist), and let’s do it together.

For now, here are a couple I love from Leah:

Dear Private Karaoke Place, thx for trying to give me an asian man’s ID when you lost mine. You race and gender blindness is inspiring. Leah

Dear Wine, You make my phone conversations with my mom longer and more open. So thank you for that.

Dear Half-Dead Plants on My Desk, Thank you for reminding me why I am really not ready for a pet of any kind. Keep it real.

Dear Gardening, Thx for being a workout that also produces things to eat. I never got a tomato by running. Love, Leah



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