Gratitude Letter Writing Project

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I like to take chunks of time where I express my gratitude on my blog. I typically pick the months of July and November.  Sometimes I write a list of items according to the date. I.e. On July 5th I wrote 5 items that made me feel grateful. On July 20th, I listed 20 items, etc.  Another month I posted a daily picture and wrote a little bit about why I was grateful for what was pictured.

I will write at least 36 letters to different people expressing my gratitude and I will take as long as it takes. Because I am grateful to them, I want to specifically encourage them.  I also want to pray for them on that day as well.

NOTE: I started this project in November, 2011 and didn’t finish. Now I intend to finish this Gratitude Project whenever I finish it. No more pressure – just lots of gratitude.

Below are my ideas. As I write a letter, I will hotlink the idea and write a short post on the who and why I am grateful. I will also say how I encouraged them. If I think of more ideas, or if you give me an idea, I will add them to the list.

After the jump is my list of letter recipients. To view it click on 

  1. Activist letter/to the editor
  2. Apartment complex office/home owners association (11th letter)
  3. Artisan: Musician/Author/Artist
  4. Behind the scenes kind of person (16th letter)
  5. Birthday recipient (2nd)
  6. Blog friend/acquaintance
  7. Cancer survivor’s mom (12th letter)
  8. Christmas letter: Here is an idea.
  9. Classmate (former or present) (17th letter)
  10. Care facility resident (1st letter)
  11. Church attendee (8th letter)
  12. Clerk
  13. Daughter
  14. Family member (in town)
  15. Family member (out-of-town)
  16. Federal worker like post office, court
  17. First Responder like Police officer or Fire fighter
  18. Friend (in town) (15th letter)
  19. Friend (out-of-town)
  20. God
  21. Godchild (9th letter)
  22. Government official
  23. Grief (someone going through) (3rd letter)
  24. Kindness
  25. Love letter
  26. Medical staff
  27. Ministry leader (14th letter)
  28. Missionary or International Worker
  29. Mom who could use the encouragement (4th letter)
  30. Neighbour
  31. Pastor
  32. Prayer partner or someone who prays for you regularly (5th letter)
  33. Query
  34. Roommate (former or current) (13th letter)
  35. Santa
  36. School board or other city official
  37. Soldier
  38. Someone who did you a favour years ago that still impacts you today
  39. Son
  40. Sponsored child   – Here is a sample.
  41. State Employee (6th letter)
  42. Stranger
  43. Support personnel
  44. Teacher
  45. Vet and/or vet staff
  46. Workmate (10th letter)
  47. Younger person (7th letter)
  48. Yourself

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  • 1. Maureen  |  . at .

    Hi! I’m visiting after your comments on my blog – thanks! This is a great project to write people – I know it will encourage them.


  • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

    Thanks for vising Maureen. I have bookmarked several posts from your blog and look forward to returning.

    I am soooo enjoying this project. Unfortunately if I don’t schedule myself, I am not faithful about thanking people. So far, so good for this month.


  • 3. blessedmama3  |  . at .

    I love this list! How did you come up with 36?


    • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

      Good old fashioned brainstorming. I’ve even come up with a few more! 🙂


  • 5. Gattina  |  . at .

    OMG ! you have a lot of courage ! I don’t write letters anymore, I write emails or on my blog.


    • 6. susan2009  |  . at .

      Yes, this is an ambitious project, Gattina.

      I know from first-hand experience how awesome it feels to get a letter in the mail. I have gotten out of the practice of writing letters which is one reason I want to do this project.

      I do prefer texting. 😉


  • 7. vicki  |  . at .

    Susan – you are loaded in for my Grow Your blog party – you will need to add a follower gadget – or whatever it is called for this type of blog — to your sidebar so that the readers will have a plce to follow you. Updates are on my blog – see you on the 19th


  • 8. Vicki  |  . at .

    I love sending and receiving mail. I even deck out the envies for a special treat for the recipient. You can view my winter envies on my blog. Enjoy the blog party. I sure am!


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