The Lost Art of Appreciation
We live in a demanding world in which we expect everything to be just right. It’s easy for us to lose patience, criticize imperfections, and forget to appreciate things that make a positive impact on our lives, including people.
It’s so easy to take each other for granted. In the hurry of responsibilities and the pressure of getting things done, we often forget the importance of letting people know how much we truly appreciate them. Each one of us needs to feel appreciated. It is our human nature to desire recognition for our accomplishments and achievements.
We are all indebted in some way to other people’s efforts on our behalf – it’s how we function at our best. If we let people know how much we appreciate them, verbally and through other means, like sending an unexpected gift or thank you note, everyone benefits.
Appreciation is gratitude in action. I think of gratitude as the state of mind and appreciation as the action step from feeling grateful.
I want to thank you. I appreciate you taking the time to read The Thrive Thought and I am grateful for your feedback and continued support.
You continue to drive the evolution of this newsletter, and Lisa Martin International. I look forward to partnering with you in community to continue providing you with the tools, stories and space to help you Thrive.
THIS WEEK’S ASK: List at least three people who have added value to your life recently. Do one thing for each of these individuals this week…make a phone call, write a note, give a compliment, share something of yourself. These actions become “appreciation booster shots” for the individuals who receive them and “gratitude boosts” for you.
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