Always say “please” and “thank you”, “treat others the way you want to be treated”, and “always tell the truth” are things you probably heard countless times throughout your childhood. These are all very important sayings to live by, but the problem is sometimes they are simply sayings that do not impact our actual actions. Everyone has the ability to let these sayings impact their life on a daily basis, however, it is easy to get caught up in our hectic routines and skip the extra “effort” that is sometimes required to show appreciation. On the other hand, we will quickly jump and go out of our way to criticize someone or something. This is a problem.
The importance of showing appreciation extends to everyone, both personally and professionally. When you’re a parent, the opportunities to show appreciation grows exponentially. Showing appreciation to your spouse, caregivers, medical providers, and more is extremely important. These people are critical to the development of your child, and they should be treated appropriately.
I remind myself to be more appreciative on a daily basis, with the goal to be better than I was the day before. There are plenty of days where I fall short of this goal, but I know that through intentional actions I’ve become a much more appreciative person than I was even a year ago.
Who are you going to appreciate today?
Don’t just think it, tell that person – you won’t regret it. You’ll get a kick out of someone being surprised by your genuine appreciation.