I’ve tried “love,” “big love,” “much love,” “love and gratitude,” as standard signatures before. And for personal connections, I still cycle through those.
But I’d always run up against those nascent business relationship emails where even if I was comfy using those words, I knew the people on the other end of the email wouldn’t be.
So, I’ve come back to “with gratitude.”
It feels good, universally applicable. Something that won’t send CEOs and corporate souls running from that tree-hugger Fields guy.
But, there’s one more thing. While I do have a standard sig-file that gets added to my emails automatically, taking a nod from my friend and founder of PossibilityU, Betsy Peters, I type the words “With gratitude” by hand. Slowly, with intention, owning a sense of genuine gratitude as I type.
In doing so, it becomes a mini-meditation. A momentary honoring. An opportunity to acknowledge gratitude dozens of times each day.
And, strangely enough, when I do this, it makes me feel different. I know, weird. But there’s research on this. Journaling gratitude leads to a more positive outlook which in turn leads to what positive psychology researcher, Barbara Fredrickson, calls the broaden and build effect. It elevates not only your mood, but the way you live, the way people respond to you, your level of insight and creativity and nearly every aspect of performance.
So, what do you think? Why not try a 30-day experiment?
Commit to ending your emails “With gratitude.” Type each letter by hand, no automatic sig-files, linger on each letter and actually “feel” the gratitude.
Okay…now let’s all join hands and sing Koombaya, baby! LOL
P.S. – How do YOU end your emails? Share your fave signature below and why you’ve chosen it…
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