For some unknown reasons, people often fall short in this department. People find it difficult to appreciate people. It is not even about being a good human being. You could be a wonderful person, very understanding, and empathetic but yet lack the knack of appreciating others. It is no rocket science, trust me. It is the easiest thing to do, once you realize what and why you are doing it.
Appreciating people is not just about gratitude. It just begins with a thank you. True appreciation is when you don’t only recognize someone’s good qualities but also respect and understand it. Few simple words of appreciation can make someone’s day, someone’s life even in few cases. So I mean, why not? Just because you don’t know how? Okay, let me help. Here’s how-
Write It Down
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Handwritten notes or letters have a meaning and significance of their own. When you WRITE DOWN the words of appreciation for someone, it shows that you took out the time and efforts to send across the message as nicely as possible. Writing it down also signifies the genuineness of the appreciation. The recipient will be extremely happy and feel very special. An electronic message also works, if you are too lazy. Something is better than nothing.
Offer A Favor
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If someone at some point of time went out of their way to help you out, make sure you do the same for them. Offering a favor in return shows them your appreciation and motivates them to keep helping others. It does not always have to be an exchange. The way in which you pay back the favor can be anything like- taking them out for ice cream, dropping them home, running a quick errand for them and so on. Anything you do will show your gratitude and appreciation.
Appreciation Is In Small Things
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A small gesture valuing someone else’s choice or comfort can mean a lot. If you are going out to bring ice cream, make sure to bring the flavor everyone likes. If you are going to dispose your plate, offer to take the empty plates of others who have finished. These are very small gestures but show that you respect someone’s convenience. And you might end up making that someone’s day!
Acknowledge An Absence
This is a very important gesture and can mean a lot to someone who doubts themselves. When you notice someone’s absence, tell them they were missed when they come back. This will make them feel important and special. It will show how much you appreciate their presence.
Say It Out Aloud For Everyone To Hear.
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It is always GREAT to be appreciated publicly. Privately communicated appreciation means a lot too but it doesn’t boost up your confidence the way hearing it in front of other people does. It is easy to find occasions and opportunities to do so. The best part of appreciating out aloud is that others join you in it.
So yes, please do not hesitate before appreciating people. Margaret Cousins has rightly said that, “Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”