Join us in our #GratitudeGlow Challenge this year to find out.
“I’ll have an americano, thanks.” “I’m doing well, thanks.” We use thank you as a sign off on business emails and we whisper it to ourselves when someone lets us merge onto the exit ramp. Thanking one another is built into much of our society’s expectations of daily exchanges. But often this gratitude is an auto-pilot response — does the hackneyed nicety actually mean anything anymore?
This Thanksgiving and holiday season, join Idea Chíc as we seek to bring intentionality back to gratitude. We believe thoughtfully saying thank you once a day can change your life. This is why we’ve taken the time to create such a large and beautiful selection of thank you cards and even designed a thoughtful collection of cards.
We’re the first to admit 2020’s been a doozy. But as we approach the holidays, we also believe that expressing what we are thankful for is more important than ever before. What better way to break through the doldrums of quarantine life than by reminding your friends and family who have been there through the tough times just how much you appreciate them?
Need more convincing? Here are a few reasons to consider making this year’s gratitude challenge a sweet addition to your family’s holiday traditions.
Make Optimism Your Currency
Writing down what you are grateful for makes you more optimistic, one Harvard research paper reports. It only makes sense that you’d feel brighter and more cheerful when you’re focusing on the positives. We’ve personally found that expressing gratitude is a delight that makes you (quite literally) happy to be here. The paper goes on to suggest: “Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter a month. Once in a while, write one to yourself.”
Our Modern Thank You Postcards | Black on Kraft Paper - Set of 10 make for an awesome way to send sunshine notes throughout the year.
The Gratitude Glow is Real
The same Harvard Health post documented that gratitude has physical health benefits, too. Researchers reported they were surprised to find participants who expressed gratitude daily also “exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.” In addition, another study found that “when participants felt appreciation, an emotion related to gratitude, their heart rate variability, an indicator of good heart health, improved.”
Make your heart and another’s happy with our Thank You Heart Shaped Letterpress Greeting Card.
Wake Up On The Right Side Of The Bed
Besides improved physical health, a grateful individual sleeps better at night, too. Studies find that those who write down what they are thankful for sleep longer and are more refreshed than those who do not. If you’re tossing and turning through the night, consider making a mug of chamomile tea and jotting down one thing that made you smile during the day.
Our dreamiest thank you note, the Merci Vintage French Flower Thank You Card in Blue, is perfect for any occasion.
Leave Others Inspired
You attract the energy you want is something you may expect to hear in a yoga or meditation class. Once again, the yogis are onto something! A Berkley study found that saying thank you has a ripple effect - a witness to an exchange of gratitude between two strangers also reports improved mental and physical health.
Our How to Say Thank You in Every Way Card is a great reminder that with each act of gratitude, you have the power to leave others inspired.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to join our #GratitudeGlow challenge as we wrap up the year. Please drop us a line if practicing gratitude has changed your life and tag us on social media using #GratitudeGlow and @ideachic.