Gratitude is contagious.
Start living in gratitude and you’ll see it seep into all parts of your life. You’ll spread it to others, often without knowing.
Here’s an example: On a very hot, steamy day, when everyone seems a little cranky, a teen boy holds open a door for me.
I’m so surprised by his good manners — anyone holding a door open for anyone else these days is a surprise — that I thank him profusely.
Then he apologizes for not grabbing the door more quickly.
We laugh, and thank each other.
I am so buoyed by meeting such a thoughtful stranger, that I am especially careful to thank everyone I meet that day.
That’s not a big crowd, but I pay more attention to the way people brighten when someone thanks them. It’s a sign of being a good neighbor.
Please, spread gratitude.