From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Book of Christmas Virtues

It’s in the Mail

Spend some quiet time recalling the people who have impacted your life. Consider your first boss, your last roommate, Little League coaches and the high school janitor. Give some thought to religious leaders, best friends, over-the-fence neighbors, reliable garbage collectors, elderly aunts, music instructors, college professors and old classmates. Think outside the holiday box!

Next, choose four—one person per week—to acknowledge during December.

Under each of their names, list how they affected your life. Did she alter your course? Did he set a fine example? Did they help you through a crisis?

Now, send handwritten notes of appreciation—long ones. Be specific. Tell them why they matter and, above all, remember to say,“Thank you.”

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