Saturday, 17 July 2010

Appreciation

So many times we forget to thank people for the things they have done. Sometimes we thank them, but we don't say what for. That may sound silly, but it helps to be specific. What are we thankful for? How did their actions impact us? Can we be specific?

We know that when children are always told thank you and that they are special, but are never told why, the words lose their meaning.

On the other hand, if we say thank you in an appropriate way, immediately and are specific about what the impact it, it makes a great deal of difference. "Thank you, for remembering to unload the dishwasher without being asked. When I got home, and found it already done, it was such a nice surprise and I could start making supper."
It carries over to the workplace and to our relationships as adults. We have to remember to appreciate what people do for us and with us, too. "Thank you for checking the numbers on that data when you did the report. I didn't expect you to do that, but because you did I was able to answer some other questions at the meeting that I hadn't anticipated." Explaining the specifics and impact of those things that people have done, whether their action has been large or small, makes all the difference.


Simple Truths has a video that goes with their book The Simple Truths of Appreciation it's just one example of how we can make a really big difference. It's a nice video.

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