Random Acts of Gratitude

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the One Lonely Leper. He was the only one, out of 10 lepers who were healed, to return and actually express his gratitude. Often I’m guilty of that — not going back to show thanks to those who have done a kindness to me.

Gratitude may be the closest thing I have found to a worldview contained in a single word. Gratitude changes everything, when we live in it. It’s a powerful antidote to the fear, bitterness, anger, resentment, boredom, and desire for retaliation that entices all of us.

I’ve been thinking about creative ways to further ingrain thankfulness into my daily life.

In my daily journal, I’ve started writing “Random Acts of Gratitude” for the day. It could be anything, from writing an old friend and telling them how grateful I am for something specific I’ve learned from them, or writing a Thank You note to someone who did something kind recently.

Rather than simply liking the general idea of kindness or gratitude (everyone likes the idea of it, I assume), this puts legs to the ideas and lends credibility. It also moves the idea from cute and theoretical, to real and practical.

“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” — Archilochus

Being thankful is an attitude, but it will translate to action if it is real.

It’s more than just saying a flippant “thank you” as you fly by.

Showing gratitude in meaningful ways doesn’t have to be an occasional thing, instead it can be regular and sustained part of each day. I’m hoping it will become more and more of a codified habit in my life.

Are there ways you can incorporate Random Acts of Gratitude in your life?


This is part of 7 weeks of daily articles I’m writing while less mobile, recovering from surgery. This day #41 of 49. Below is the last post: