Today’s Wednesday’s word is a fantastic one–appreciation.
It takes such little effort to show someone that you appreciate them, but it can have such a positive impact.
You can send a card. You can buy flowers. You can give a small gift as a token of your appreciation. But even a few simple words can make someone realize that they are not being taken for granted.
“Thank you for asking.”
“Thank you for listening.”
“Thank you for organizing this event.”
“Thank you for thinking of me.”
“Thank you for inviting me.”
“Thank you for being here.”
“I appreciate how hard you worked on that.”
“I appreciate your insight.”
“I appreciate your speaking up.”
In our busy lives, it can be easy to forget to show appreciation, but if we remember that we don’t want the people who make our lives better–friends, family members, the baristas who open Starbucks at 5:00 am, the teenager bagging your groceries, the race volunteers who got up just as early as you did–to feel taken for granted, we can remind ourselves that it’s worth the fraction of a second it takes to let someones else know that we really do appreciate them.
How do you show your appreciation?