the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful: He expressed his gratitude to everyone on the staff.
Showing appreciation and gratitude for others is one of the most powerful communication tools you can have. When you show appreciation on a regular basis, it will open doors to a better conversation, a more positive exchange, and ultimately a better relationship.
Showing gratitude also makes you aware of the things that are most important in your life. And, while we already know that, how many of us really practice the habit of showing gratitude daily?
So, to help you build your appreciation muscle, here are ten simple ways to add the practice of it to your daily life at work and at home.
1 . Say “please” and “thank you.”
This should be an easy one – but most people are please and thank you poor. Make it a habit to ALWAYS say please and thank you. Practicing kindness on a regular basis is an important way to show everyone you appreciate them.
2. Catch someone doing something right.
Pay attention to things going on around you and when something is going well, say so! Pop your head in a cubby and say something like “wow, you are doing a great job.” Tell your child you love the project they are working on.
3. Show genuine interest.
Take notice of pictures, what someone is wearing, or something else you like about them. Show them that you care about who they are.
4. Go to lunch or take a break.
Give the gift of your time — go to lunch, take a break, or go for a walk.
5. Give a small gift.
Give a favorite coffee drink, candy bar, or flower to someone you appreciate and just say “thanks for all you do”.
6. One word: food.
Everyone loves treats. Make a batch of brownies, or bring in a fruit plate to the office kitchen.
7. Create traditions.
Come up with a silly award to pass around at staff meetings to acknowledge the hard work that’s going on, like the longest phone call from a customer, or the funniest incident. Or have everyone write down one person they appreciate and why, and put them in a hat. Draw one out for a prize. This is also really fun to do at home!
8. Celebrate successes!
When things go right, celebrate! Acknowledge everyone involved, even for the small stuff. It can make a huge difference in office and family morale.
9. Say it out loud.
Tell someone you appreciate them in front of others. Tell your spouse you are thankful for him in front of the kids. Acknowledge someone’s work in a staff meeting.
10. Tell their boss.
Don’t you wish someone would do that for you? What a powerful way to show gratitude that can have a lasting impact!
Make appreciation and gratitude a daily habit
Everyone has a real need to feel appreciated and valued. In practicing daily gratitude for others, you may find that you become not only a more positive communicator, but that you also become more optimistic, less stressed and generally happier and healthier as a result!
Betty Lochner is the Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She specializes in personal and organizational transformation and is the author of Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home.
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