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Unexpressed gratitude letter

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Ingredients

Sheet of paper 1 per person
Pens
A circle of people Optional

Nutritional information

Gratefulness
Appreciation
Healing
Forgiveness
Acceptance

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Unexpressed gratitude letter

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. — Aesop

  • 1.5 hours
  • Serves 12
  • Hard

Ingredients

Directions

A healing activity to foster forgiveness and acceptance.

Writing gratitude letters can boost your happiness and sense of gratefulness in life. How about writing letters of gratitude where it has never been expressed before? Taking the time to share your appreciation to people (and situations) which you never thanked is even more powerful as it encourages you to make a conscious effort to be grateful, helping you re-wire your brain word by word. Importantly, you can express gratitude to people both for positive and negative experiences. In fact, when we are able to appreciate the most hurtful and painful memories, we can truly forgive, accept and heal.

This activity can be done individually or in a group.

*Image © Greta Rossi

Steps

1
Done
30'

Writing

Find a quiet place and take 30' minutes by yourself to write an unexpressed gratitude letter to someone. If in a group, tell everyone they should feel free to write the letter in whichever language they feel most comfortable with.

2
Done
60'

Sharing

Gather back as a circle and give the opportunity to anyone who feels comfortable, to read their letter out loud. Writing in itself is extremely healing, but reading it out loud to others is even more powerful. Remind everyone they do not have to share if they do not wish, and they can read in whichever language they wrote the letter in. If you are by yourself, read it out loud anyway and let the environment around you listen to your words.

3
Done

Saying thanks (Optional)

Only a few people will be ready for this last step, but for those who are, invite them to share their letter with the person it is addressed to, e.g. mailing it to them, inviting them to meet up, or whichever other rituals work for you if it is not possible to reach out to this person.

Greta Rossi

Chief Empathy Officer at Akasha Innovation. Co-founder of ImpactAimers and Recipes for Wellbeing. Regional Coordinator for Ashoka's ChangemakerXchange. Youth coach and FRSA.

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