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8 Ways To Show Someone You Appreciate Them


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Do you ever feel unappreciated? At work, at home, by a friend, or by your significant other? Can you remember a time that you felt like you were being taken for granted? Are you feeling that way now? 

Is it possible that at some point you've made someone else feel that very same way?

We are often taught to be self-assured, self-motivated, self-reliant, and self-aware. That it shouldn't matter what others think of us. While we must never rely on others to "make us happy", it sure is nice to have notice applied to efforts given within our life circle.

Sometimes we are guilty of not showing the very notice and appreciation we seek. We may feel too busy to take the time. We may think they already know how we feel. Maybe we are just not sure how to show that appreciation.

I think it's important in life to take the time to make sure that those in our lives know just how important they are to us. 

Here are some steps to help all of us to better communicate that.

8 Ways To Show Someone Appreciation

1. Say "Thank You"
  • If you think it should go without saying, you are wrong
  • Be specific about what you are thanking them for
  • Mention what they did, said, or how they made you feel
  • Be prompt. Thank them while the memory is still fresh and feeling authentic

"If not shown appreciation, it gets to you." 
-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

2. Write "Thank You"
  • Thank you cards are still a nice touch for someone that's done something special
  • A "Thank You" text is appropriate for someone within your close circle
  • A post-it note on the mirror, laptop, dashboard, etc. is a welcome surprise
  • Write thank you on the fridge door, car window, etc. with a dry-erase marker

How to write a Thank-You note

"So I show appreciation for the little gifts that have been handed to me." 
-Terrence Howard

3. Be Present
  • Make eye contact and pause what you're doing while they are speaking
  • Pay attention with sincerity and listen empathetically
  • Allow them to tell the whole story without interruption or judgment
  • Turn down the TV or radio, close the laptop, or put down the phone to make them the priority

"People will never forget how you made them feel" 

4. Make Small Sacrifices
  • Watch "their" show together even though you would never watch it alone
  • Eat Italian when they choose it even though your heart was set on Chinese
  • Let that co-worker go to lunch first even though your stomach has been rumbling since 8 am
  • Give them that last piece of [you fill in the blank]

"I think for any relationship to be successful, there needs to be loving communication, appreciation, and understanding." 
- Miranda Kerr

5. Be Reliable
  • Keep your promises
  • Be on time. Value their time
  • Deliver on your word rather than relying on excuses
  • Schedule their needs as you would your own and prioritize

"It only takes a moment to say, "Thank You", but your thoughtfulness will be remembered for a long time.

6. Display Your Appreciation

  • Actions speak louder than words
  • Do a task that they normally do because you know they've had a rough day
  • Complete a random act of kindness, fetching Starbucks, having their car washed, etc.
  • Help. Doing the dishes, running the vacuum, filling the gas tank, submitting an assignment, etc.

7. Compliment Them
  • On a task or project completed at work
  • On that new haircut, outfit, or flower garden
  • On the person that they are
  • On the way they make you feel
"Silent gratitude isn't much to anyone." 
-Gertrude Stein

8. Keep Them In Mind
  • Let them know during the day that you are thinking about them. A quick text, call...
  • Let others know how much you appreciate them
  • Recommend a book, article, website, or movie that you know matches their interests
  • Gift them a plant, flowers, or another item that comes from the heart
There are many ways to show someone that you appreciate them. These 8 are just to jump-start the process for you. Apply sincerity and a personal touch and you'll be on the right track.

My biggest recommendation is to do it. Don't delay. Show gratitude and love at every chance. Things left undone and unsaid fill most of the big basket of regrets. Tomorrow is never promised so take the step today and let someone know what they mean to you.

That you won't regret.

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