I Appreciate You!

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William James, American psychologist and philosopher said: “The deepest principle of human nature is a craving to be appreciated.”

Whatever we do for others, knowing that our efforts have been recognised and appreciated makes the work feel worthwhile. We feel valued. Our fundamental human needs for significance and contribution are being fulfilled. Cicero said that “gratitude is the mother of virtues”. Gratitude is also the sign of a noble soul. Gratitude draws out THE BEST in people.

Gratitude PAYS THE LARGEST DIVIDENS. To give appreciation is one of the best ways to become a servant leader. That’s where everything starts…

Appreciation is so rare but it’s definitely rewarding. I’ve come to the conclusion that around 10% of people have the gift of being grateful and 90% have no interest of even going there. They have no desire of showing their appreciation. This is a common weakness in human personality. Each part of who we are contributes to what makes us unique and valuable and no one should be made to feel invisible. A little bit of gratitude goes a long way.

Practice appreciation by starting with yourself. If you have difficulty openly appreciating others, it’s likely you also find it difficult to appreciate yourself. Take a few moments at the end of the day to ask yourself this simple question: “What can I rightly feel proud of today?” If you are committed to constant self-improvement, you can also ask yourself, “What could I do better tomorrow?” Both questions hold your value. Make yourself more valuable if you want to add value to others. You can’t give what you don’t have.

Who knows what impact your few words can have on another person’s spirit? Who knows what an impact your few words can have on your own! Why not share a link to this article on to those you’ve missed opportunities to encourage in the past with a note of appreciation declaring that you intend to do better in the future? It’s likely to be the best email they get all day! Keep in mind that it’s a universal law of life that what goes around, comes around. So when it comes to encouragement: Give generously.

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also yee are called in one body: and be yee thankful.” ~ Colossians 3:15

“Every man I meet is my superior in some way, In that, I learn of him.” ~Emerson
If that was true of Emerson, isn’t it likely to be a thousand times more true of you and me? Let’s cease thinking of our accomplishments, our wants. Let’s try to figure out the other person’s good points. Then forget flattery. Give honest, sincere appreciation. Be “hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise,” and people will cherish your words.

Here are different ways to say “THANK YOU”:

1. I appreciate you!

2. Words are inadequate to express my gratitude.

3. I highly appreciate your invaluable contribution.

4. I won’t be able to fully express my heartfelt acknowledgement for your contribution.

5. My appreciation is beyond expression.

And many more ways to show your gratitude and LOVE.

Remember, you can’t lead people without loving them. Show your appreciation and take your life to a whole new level, and with doing that you will take other people with you.

Thank you!

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