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Inspiring Gratitude: Introducing A Thankful Life!

Gratitude is a miraculous little thing. It can be so small and simple to show—and yet its consequences can be enormous. Scientists have been studying this phenomenon for years. In research studies, groups of people who have been tasked with writing down what they are grateful for each day have shown remarkable improvement regarding both their physical and emotional well-being. They note that they feel stronger, happier, and more satisfied with their life. Just by noticing—and appreciating—the good around them.

“To say we feel grateful is not to say that everything in our lives is necessarily great. It just means we are aware of our blessings,” says Dr. Emmons, one of the leading authorities on gratitude. It’s simple: When you take the time to really acknowledge the good things that are in your life, you expand your potential for happiness.

This life-changing philosophy has inspired us to launch a bold, exciting new campaign this year called A Thankful Life: Inspiring Gratitude. Our goal is to inspire the writing of one million thank you notes over the course of the year!



It’s our hope to spread the joy of gratitude well beyond our offices. We want to encourage others to notice and appreciate the gifts given each day—whether it’s reconnecting with an old friend, enjoying a beautiful mountain drive, or something bigger such as starting a new business or seeing a loved one finally come home.

And we’re beginning the campaign with several exciting projects. First, the release of our new A Year of Gratitude Kit: A Kit to Inspire 52 Weeks of Giving Thanks. It includes 52 thank you cards with envelopes, a guided journal to chronicle your year of gratitude, and helpful tips on how to write meaningful notes—all housed in a gift box.



Second, we asked each employee to anonymously write a few adjectives about each other as well as state our own personal goals for the upcoming year. A small group gathered these kind words and created individual Wordles for each employee as well as a company-wide poster.

The more an adjective or phrase was stated, the larger the word became. So, if more than one coworker used the same description for someone, then that word increased in size. As you can see, our Emma is very sweet and Renee is fun and hardworking—and now they know that we know it too! And, we have a lot of people with goals to spend more time with family and friends, do community service, as well as communicate appreciation to each other.

And lastly, we’re also taking the time to write thank you notes to our extended Compendium family. From designers to accounts payable, every employee is taking it upon themselves to go beyond our doors to say thank you to our sales representatives, retailers, and dedicated customers. We are so grateful here at Compendium for the ways these individuals and businesses make our company possible, and we sincerely hope that our spark of excitement will light a candle of gratitude in the hearts of others.

Please join us! Each month we’ll post more ways to inspire gratitude, your stories on how gratitude helped you, giveaways, as well as share a weekly gratitude quotation on our Facebook page. To get started, “like” us on Facebook or check back here. Or, even better, start by writing your own thank you note!

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Linda 01.15.2013 | 11:10 AM

    I use Wordle in my classroom, but never thought about doing this. Thank you for the great idea - it is now in my lesson plans!
  • 2 Charin Adams 01.15.2013 | 1:21 PM

    I have had so much fun getting started on my kit! :) This is absolutely perfect for the New Year.

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