Showing appreciation is about more than saying the perfunctory “thank you” when someone does a good deed for us. Many times, we neglect to tell the people who enrich our lives just how we feel about the things they do or say and that create a richer experience for us such as being a good friend or making us laugh.
We take so much for granted that we may not pay that much attention to the daily things we can do to light up someone else’s life. As the wise poet, Maya Angelou says, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
You can start now to “make someone’s day” by not only noticing their good deeds but also showing appreciation for their qualities, characteristics and unique traits. Here are a few ways you can easily brighten up someone’s day:
- Send a card to a friend for just “being there”, “for being a friend” or a “just because I’m thinking of you”. People in your life won’t know how much you care if you don’t tell them.
- Put an “I love you” note on your child or spouse’s pillow to remind him or her how much you love them.
- Place fresh cut flowers at the reception desk at your office to show appreciation for the help they give you.
- Treat a friend to a movie you know they would enjoy.
- Surprise your neighbor, who takes your packages when you are away, with a bouquet of flowers
- Give an unexpected hug to someone in your family.
- Scour your address book and call a friend who you’ve not been in touch with for a while.
- Tell someone how much you value having him or her as part of you life.
- Smile often. It not only brightens your mood, it will show others that you notice and connect with them.
- Compliment a customer service worker who has been especially helpful.
Taking a little extra time to uplift someone’s spirit goes a long way in showing them that you care and that they matter to you.
And, for more tips on how you can show gratitude in your life and the lives of others, check out my audio and transcript More Wealth and Abundance.
Certified Life Coach, Family therapist and Group Coaching Specialist, Gladys M. Anderson, helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other busy overwhelmed women to set limits so they have more time, more joy and more energy for self-care.