Through out the last two weeks we have talked about how important giving, volunteering, showing kindness, and helping is. We have written about the heart warming experience from both the giver and the receiver and come to the conclusion that compassion and positive energy is contagious.
As human beings working towards a common goal in any capacity such as day-to-day in the office or volunteering on the weekends — we like to feel appreciated for what we are doing, whether we know it or not.
Feeling genuinely appreciated lifts people up. According to Harvard Business Review, “At the most basic level, it makes us feel safe, which is what frees us to do our best work. It’s also energizing. When our value feels at risk, as it so often does, that worry becomes preoccupying, which drains and diverts our energy from creating value.”
Now with that being said, why is it so uncommon that we show appreciation to each other. When someone says” I appreciate you ” or “I am thankful for your handwork”, we find that as a surprise. Although it makes us feel good when it is said, it shouldn’t be so surprising. We should want to tell people how much we appreciate them, their friendship, and what they are doing!
Unfortunately our society is not fluent in the language of positive emotions. In the workplace especially, often times when people are trying to show appreciation it is taken in the wrong way and almost seems like harassment. How sad is that? We live in a world where a simple complement may be “awkward”and it is so rare that we don’t feel comfortable sharing. Heartfelt appreciation is so hard to come, unfortunately these days, it is negative emotions that are easier to show and play off of. But, LET’S CHANGE THAT!
Let’s practice appreciation by starting with ourselves. Loving yourself seems like it would be easy but often times we are the hardest on ourselves. Tell yourself you are beautiful, you are loved, you are worthy, you are enough! Let’s make it a priority to notice what the people around us do! Even something as simple as a “thank you” or holding the door open for someone, YOU CAN DO IT! Eventually you will get really good at it and it will become a natural reaction in your day. The impact that a simple act of kindness and appreciation has on another person will surprise you!