Introducing Thank You Thursday posts
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Introducing Thank You Thursday posts

Soon after I started this site, I discovered Thank You Thursdays. I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon and I will be sharing a Thank You Thursday post every Thursday.

The posts will include something or someone that I am thankful for. It may be something I’ve recorded in my Five Minute Journal. It could be tips or suggestions for you on adding more gratitude to your life.

I admit that I don’t have this project all planned out! I tend to want to control everything so, I’m grateful for moving forward with this!

The goal is to inspire you to thank others and/or remember the things/people that you are thankful for. Taking time out even one day a week may make a difference in your life! You’ll have to try it to find out.

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Who started Thank You Thursday?

I was not able to find an answer to this question. The idea has been around for many years. I’ve found blog posts from others dating back over 6 years.

One of my first encounters was with Matt McWilliams and his Thank You Revolution. In his revolution, he encourages people to handwrite someone a thank-you note every Thursday.

I tried this out for a few weeks and didn’t stick with it. I felt discouraged when a wrote a thank-you note to a co-worker and he did not acknowledge it. In reflection, I learned from that situation that it doesn’t matter if people acknowledge the note or not. We are writing notes to express our gratitude. The goal is not to be thanked for thanking someone.

http://www.thankyouthursday.org/ appears to be owned by Jon Gordon. I had hoped it would provide the history but it doesn’t.

Maybe this a social media/Internet event where the origin cannot be accurately traced. If you know the history please share in a comment!

Getting started with Thank You Thursday

If you are interested in Thank You Thursday, there are a few sites you can check out (in addition to this site, of course!):

Read Matt McWilliams’ post on 9 ways to be more thankful all year. He wrote this post for Thanksgiving which in the United States always falls on Thursday.

Hillis Pugh has a site dedicated to Sharing Life’s Gratitude.

Modern Servant Leader has a great write up on who to thank, how to thank, and why Thursday?

Read A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life by John Kralik. You will very likely be inspired to write more thank-you notes. My review of the book is here.

What I’m thankful for This Thursday?

I am grateful for the opportunity to share on this website. The Internet and advances in technology allow us to share our thoughts, meet others, help others, save pets, promote whatever we want, etc.

I am also thankful for that I have a great veterinarian. One of my cats has had an issue between two toes for over 2 months now. He continues to try different things to get it healed. I am hopeful that the latest treatment will be a success!

I am thankful for access to quality food and water.

What are you thankful for today?

You may also like:

My first thankful Thursday (similar to this post, only without the plan of sharing a specific thank you post each Thursday).

Read A Simple Act of Gratitude to be inspired to write thank-you notes
5 Reasons to try The Five Minute Journal
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