Pick a person in your life who has meant a lot to you and whom you’d like to thank.
Write a letter to that person.
Call the person, and ask for a visit after you write the letter.
Meet with the person, and read the letter aloud.
What does the exercise accomplish? According to Seligman, it helps make the difference between living a “pleasant” life and a “meaningful” life. Finding meaning through close relationships and other causes outside yourself brings more happiness and a better life.
Tip: If distance is an issue, call instead. If you hate to talk on the phone, simply mail your “gratitude letter.”