“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” ~Margaret Cousins …
Showing others our appreciation is a very powerful way to positively affect the lives of others. We all want to feel appreciated… and the only way that this need can be met is through our willingness to express our appreciation to others. Such a simple act can easily make someone else’s day, or perhaps, even change their life.
By saying “thank you” to someone, I am validating his or her importance in my life. And no matter how small that validation may seem to me… it certainly holds meaning and value to the recipient. Thus, by showing thanks and acknowledging the fact that someone has done something for us that we appreciate, we make a positive impact on the world around us–we spread a positive spirit, a wholesome and uplifting way of life, and a grateful attitude. Additionally, when others experience our appreciation and thanks, more often than not they will embrace and cultivate a sense of appreciation in their own lives as well.
We reap what we sow in life. And if we sow a life of appreciation and gratitude, we will find our lives overflowing with blessings. And if we give positively to the lives of those around us, we will receive wonderful and positive blessings back in the form of friendship, gratitude, caring concern, and so much more.
Find a sense of appreciation for the important things in your life today.
Questions to consider:
When is it easy for us to show appreciation? When is it difficult? Why?
How can we build and develop our sense of appreciation in life?
How can spreading appreciation change the life of those around you? In what ways?
For further thought:
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” ~Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire