Feeling appreciated is a unique, yet fleeting emotion. It is easy to give and receive, but knowing how to show appreciation in the right way is tough. But it can improve your mood, strength relationships and build trust.
We’ve all felt under-appreciated at some point in our life. A lot of time we mistake this feeling as anger, frustration or contentment towards another person. The key is learning to identify the emotion and separate it out so that we can properly address 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. The best part–it’s so easy. It’s like a double shot of espresso at 6am: energizing and empowering. Life is crazy and it can be easy to forget all the people in your life that help make your life more beautiful. So how do you show appreciation in a meaningful way?
Just tell them.
I picked up a little ritual of sprinkling more appreciation into my relationships. With my friends, family and co-workers – but with myself as well. 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 [ person’s name ], I just wanted to let you know I really appreciate you for [ whatever reason big or small ]. Thank You for being such a good [ friend, parents, spouse, co-worker etc].”
That’s it. No strings attached. A few things may 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.