Recently I was on the phone with a friend and she told me she had interviewed a young woman earlier in the day on her podcast. In particular she told me of their conversation that followed the conclusion of the podcast.
The young woman shared with my friend that she had brought out the very best in her. The young woman expressed her gratitude, even saying she felt loved. As my friend described the conversion I could hear the smile in her voice. And I could hear her tear up. Her joy was palpable. I caught myself smiling along with her.
My friend’s story impacted me. Why not share my appreciation for people in my life, starting now?
The next morning I headed out into the world and I endeavored to find something to appreciate with each person whose path I crossed. My first stop was the gym at the local community center. I thanked the volunteer at the front desk for being there. I complimented a woman on her electric blue hiking shoes. I told one of the high school kids that I had missed seeing him and that I was glad that he had made it in. Then there were a couple of German tourists working out on the bench press and when one of them completed 10 reps at some three-hundred pounds I told him, “Du bist so toll (You’re so amazing).” Taken aback that I knew to say such a thing in his native tongue his reaction was as if I had awarded him an Olympic gold medal. He smiled broadly from ear-to-ear, nodded his head in approval and heartily responded, “Danke schön!”
I shared appreciations similar to these throughout the day ... and have continued to do so each day since. Endeavoring to bring a smile to others brings a smile to my face.
Sharing an appreciation can be either a profound or casual recognition for another’s qualities or actions. At times it can be a deeply emotional heartfelt gratitude where we express thankfulness for another’s kindness and support. Other times it can be as simple as a sincere compliment. When individuals acknowledge and appreciate one another it promotes one’s own self-esteem and confidence at the same time it cultivates relationships based on empathy, connection and mutual respect.
In today’s crazy world - and in times of social and political unrest - showing appreciation can be a unifying force. Demonstrating appreciation can strengthen interpersonal relationships, enhance mental and emotional well-being, family cohesion, uplift workplace cultures and reduce social tensions. Showing appreciation can be contagious. . . encouraging further acts of kindness.
I appreciate you reading my post. Thank you.
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” --Voltaire