Appreciation – Recognition of good points, good qualities of something or someone.
What does this word inspire in you? Does it make you feel validated? Worthwhile? Very rarely do we feel that others notice what we do and our contributions. If you begin to notice others’ contributions and tell them so, it can be the beginning of creating an environment of appreciation. Have you told your customers you appreciate them? Your peers? Your manager? Your friends? Your family members? Be creative about the way you say “thank you”. Small things matter and are impactful. Give someone a note or a small gift. Tell them specifically what you appreciate about them. Take the time to reflect on who and what you appreciate. Say “thanks” with your words and your actions.
“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. Express your appreciation sincerely without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” – Ralph Marston