How did you feel when you read the title of this article? When I wrote it, I felt a certain warmth toward the world at large.

Appreciation is thankful recognition. It differs from gratitude in that gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness from within and appreciation is an acknowledgment like a word, note or token that is overtly given. Most times we either forget to express our appreciation or assume others already know they are appreciated or we have just been negligent in that thought process.

Appreciation is a crucial component in relationships of all kinds. In our business world, our employees and co-workers will work much better with us and for the company with regular doses of recognition. Our clients and customers will feel connected with us and will thrive with being told they are appreciated. Showing it doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. Words of praise, whether written or spoken are fine. A token, like a movie pass, reinforces that which we appreciate as well.

In our personal world, many of us with spouses/partners fall out of the habit of regular appreciation of the other. I don’t quite know how it happens that we begin to take for granted the people we are closest to, but it seems to be more of the norm than not. This can happen in relationships with all significant others like children, parents, and friends.

One way to instill a habit of appreciation is to decide to recognize one person every day. It can be as simple as telling your spouse or co-worker something you appreciate about them, or sending a one or two sentence email unexpectedly to someone to recognize their importance in your life, or bringing home a treat to the family to show appreciation for the joy they bring to you. One appreciative action per day for a month can make a large impact in your world. But don’t take my word for it. Give it a try and find out for yourself!

This is the time to let people, as well as our planet, know you appreciate them.

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DARITY Wesley is an award-winning author, lawyer, and speaker. She recently concluded a 35-year legal career and is now focusing full time on publishing her Modern Day Oracle Wisdom Teaching Series™, books that provide inspiration and support to those seeking personal and professional empowerment and transformation. She is the author of four books, You Can Transform Your Life and the You Can Transform Your Life ~ Go Deeper workbook, and How To Be the REAL You and the How To Be the REAL You ~ Go Deeper workbook. She is also the featured author in the book The Word Search Oracle - Yoga for the Brain. Darity has been providing Modern Day Oracle™ messages to subscribers around the world since 2006 and is currently offering a new subscription service called ~The Monthly Oracle~. Visit her website for information on how to subscribe.
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Larry Tyler

What a great message thank you Darity Wesley

Darity Wesley
Darity Wesley

Thank you Larry!!! I appreciate you saying so!!! :-)

Larry Tyler

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Darity Wesley

Me too!!! I love this site, Dennis and the opportunity! Since I’m new, I’ll have to figure out how to navigate! 😀

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Jonathan Solomon

Thank you for a very meaningful article Darity. I enjoyed reading it and it truly brought back many memories of the times I was encouraged by other people and for which I am now grateful.

The primary joy of life is acceptance, approval, the sense of appreciation and companionship with our fellow human beings. This is true in all cultures and in all parts of the world, including the less contacted tribes. It is a simple fact that we all have the ability to show appreciation for others and when we do APPRECIATE people, the relationships with those people grow in value.

“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” — Anonymous

Rhonda Byrne encourages us, “Never let a day pass without looking for the good, feeling the good within you, praising, appreciating, blessing, and being grateful. Make it your life commitment, and you will stand in utter awe of what happens in your life.”