Feeling appreciated is a unique emotion that can be greatly influenced by a number of external factors and is unfortunately a rather fleeting emotion. It is easy to give and receive, but often overshadowed. Yet, if you can shift your mindset to put this at the forefront of your thoughts and begin doing this one thing better you will instantly improve every relationship in your life. It may not fix every problem, but mutual appreciation is a key way to begin mending wounds and strengthening bonds.
We’ve all at one point or another felt under-appreciated by another person in our life. A lot of time we mistake anger, frustration or contentment towards another person when we’re actually just feeling under-appreciated. The key is learning to identify the emotion and separate it out so that we can properly approach it and get the to bottom of who and why.
The most fascinating thing about appreciation is that is has to be given – It’s a thing.
I think what I love most about it is that you don’t have to buy it, trade it or find it. . . you simply give it and receive it – It’s a perfect gift for a minimalist.
Appreciation is made in the heart, approved by the mind and given by the soul.
Both giving and receiving appreciation feels amazing. It’s like a double shot of espresso at 6am: It is energizing and empowering. So why not trying to do more of it?
Lately I have been intentionally tell the people in my life how much I appreciate them. The little ritual of sprinkling more appreciation into my daily routine has transformed my relationships, not only with my friends, family and co-workers – but with myself as well. I urge you to set aside 10 minutes to think about all the people in your life you truly appreciate. It could be for whatever reason, but have a reason. Then next time you see them in person, using the following formula:
“Hey Jack, I really appreciate you for always giving 110% on these big projects. Thank You.”
That’s it. No strings attached. I promise you the following things will instantly start to happen:
– you’ll see a sudden positive shift in their body language. they may even seem uncomfortable at first.
– you will begin to have an internal positive response- that’s your soul feeling satisfied.
– the relationship will feel fortified, refreshed and emotionally elevated.