We have all been taught the science of appreciation and yet so few of us practice it on a regular basis. In today’s busy world, we get caught up in car pools and deadlines and sometimes the people in our lives get left behind. Today, I am going to ask you to change all of that and start to regularly appreciate the people in your lives.
Margaret Cousins says it best:
“Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put appreciation into words is all that is necessary.”
So let’s get started. Part of the problem has been that there were no systems in place to get you going. Lucky for you, now there are! Below are some options that you can start with. Read them over and pick one that works for you. You may even want to vary your approach and move back and forth between different options.
Option number one: The Index Card Solution. In order to keep track of your intentions, carry a 3″ x 5″ card in your pocket or purse. Each time to you appreciate someone by acknowledging them and their work, complimenting them on a new hair style, or thanking them for their efforts, place a check on the card. When you have appreciated ten different people that day, you are done.
Option number two: Carry 10 pennies in a pocket and as you appreciate a co-worker, child, friend, or spouse move a penny to the other pocket. The goal is to get all of your pennies into the “appreciation pocket.”
Option number three: Write your weekly thank you notes. Think back over the past several years: who has helped get you where you are today? Pick a day each week and designate that day as your “Day of Appreciation.” Pull out your list and hand write your thank you notes. Be specific in the body of the text and really let them know the affect they have had on you and your life. Go ahead, make someone’s day!
By taking a few minutes each day you can change the lives of the people around you. You will also be opening up incredible opportunities to strengthen the relationships you hold dear. Don’t put yourself in a position of regret – just do it!