Write Your Heart: Episode 318


In the “Science of Well-Being” course, Yale Professor Laurie Santos says that one of the most effective and long-lasting practices we can do for our happiness is to write letters of gratitude. This practice is so effective, it tends to improve the general levels of happiness for the writer and the recipient for months after the fact.

When we begin to write such a letter, we might pause and ask, is this really going to express the depths of what I feel? Of course, it is better to express ourselves imperfectly than not at all, especially in this situation.

We might find when we write the letter and read it out for our friend, we are both extremely moved by the gesture, even if we are not great poets or writers. Writing honestly and sincerely what we feel, writing our heart, will be enough.

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