Do you know what really happens inside of you when you write a thank you note? What if I told you that thousands of years of scientific research showed me that one note, once a week can change who you are? Would you join the Thank You Revolution then?
When you force yourself once a week to write a thank you note, here’s what happens:
You recall the event and person for which you are thankful.
When you sit down to write that note and require yourself to think of something from the previous week for which you are thankful, you will recall certain events. Think of them and then allow yourself to progress to step two.
You relive the event in its entirety.
Picture all of the details. Who said what and when? Remember how you felt. Remember the feeling of thankfulness.
Allow yourself to re-experience the event. And then something cool happens…
3. Area 17 lights up
What? Is that where they kept the aliens in the 60’s. No, that was Area 51.
Area 17 is the part of your visual cortex in the brain that is the primary processor of visual input. In other words, it’s the “seeing” part of the brain. It’s the part of the brain that sees colors, shapes, and allows you to recognize familiar people and places.
And the coolest thing about it is that it doesn’t know the difference between an actual event and a vivid memory. When you relive the event and think of all the details, your brain is literally processing it as though it is happening.
If the event was frightening, your body produces the same fight or flight reaction as it does if you were living through it now. If it was happy, your body releases the same amount of dopamine and serotonin as it did when it actually happened. You get twice the happiness!
Or is it more…?
4. You relive it again
When you deliver your note, you will usually hear about it.
“Thank you for the note” is a very common response. Once again you will be reminded of the event. You may even discuss it in detail with the recipient. Again, dopamine and serotonin flood your systems. You’ve lived it three times and the recipient has lived it twice. It’s getting good.
And then the fifth step kicks in and things magnify…
5. You want more
Could gratitude be like a drug?
Could it be that addictive that you’d want to do this every day? Could it feel so good that you become like Jon Stolpe, writing eight notes in a week?
Could you make the time (five minutes a day) to discipline yourself to sit down and go through this process? Five minutes. That’s all it takes to change your life.
Yes, I said change your life
I’m not talking just about the benefits you will see in your career or relationships. I’m not even talking about how this practice will get you “ahead in life.”
I’m talking about how it will change your brain and change your body.
When your body naturally produces more dopamine and serotonin, it changes you.
You will be happier and more energetic.
You will increase your metabolism and shed those extra pounds.
You will be more productive and have laser-like focus.
And it’s not a stretch to say that it can free you from addiction, depression, and bad habits of all sorts.
Gratitude has that kind of power.
But it takes a start. It takes one day a week. That’s all the Revolution asks for.
Are you in? Join now.
If you’re already a part of the Revolution, you know the amazing effect it can have on your life. If you’re not, I hope you’ll join us.
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