For this exercise, you will write to someone in your life expressing your genuine appreciation for them. This simple practice has been shown to have benefits for both the writer and receiver of the letter, though you don’t actually have to send it if you prefer not to.
In one study one group wrote gratitude letters 1 time a week for 3 weeks. At both 4 and 12 weeks after their writing exercise ended this group reported significantly better mental health outcomes than the control group.
One gratitude letter is a great stating point, but we do recommend that you write a gratitude letter 1 time a week for the next 3 weeks. If you love the practice after that feel free to keep it up.