A letter of gratitude

Quinton Aaron and Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side"

I have been thinking about gratitude ever since last night, when I saw “The Blind Side,” the movie about a wealthy woman who gives a poor young boy a new life and opportunity.

How would you feel if you received a handwritten letter from someone thanking you for the positive impact you had on his or her life?

I’d feel pretty darn good.

We all need to hear that we’re appreciated and to show others our gratitude. Unfortunately, we don’t hear it or give it enough in this insanely busy world.

Enter three “curly haired, cool chicks,”* as they call themselves, with a way to make it easier for us to give the gift of thanks. Their project is called The 180° Letters, a packet of six pieces of stationery, three envelopes, three questionnaires, three enclosure cards and three seals.

“This kit is for people who open up all the time, people who have a hard time saying what they feel and even the people who have never truly shown what is in their heart. It’s for all of us. Everyone wins!” proclaims the website, www.the180letters.com.

The questionnaire includes suggestions on how to organize your thoughts and write your letters.

The packet can be ordered for $11 on the website, with 10 percent of the profits going to foundations for children.

It would be a great way to teach children the importance of gratitude and to help send it around the world “three letters at a time.”

*they must wish to remain anonymous because they never reveal their names on their website.

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