“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”– Ralph Marston
Appreciating is to recognize the effort, respecting the individual and conveying gratitude. However, it is often taken for granted. We just assume there is no need to show because it is a known fact that you appreciate them but many would still like to be shown that they are appreciated. While there may be many ways to show appreciation, here are 4 simple surefire ways to show a person you appreciate them.
Write a note
Perhaps the most ancient but effective means of showing appreciation; writing a note. A heartfelt note is simple and sweet, it is cost-effective and it honestly doesn’t take up a lot of your time if you know what you would like to say. If you prefer the old school conventional way, you can write a handwritten note. However you can also replace the note with an IM. What matters is that the message of appreciation is conveyed.
Many of us tend to disregard this. We just assume that the other individual simply knows. Well, you are wrong because sometimes, people would like to hear the words instead. Compliment on their skills or talent, compliment on the job well done. Look for opportunities to say something nice and compliment when compliment is due.
Warm gestures, just like what they are called can help a person feel warm and loved. A warm hug, a pat on the back and a genuine smile or a kiss on the cheek, are body languages that has the capacity to speak the words you may find difficult to utter. It also has the capability to make the other person feel appreciated. However, you must be careful to cater to the recipients preferences. So go kiss your mum on the cheeks for the scrumptious dinner.
Do something thoughtful
Thoughtfulness is an important criteria in showing appreciation. When you go for a dinner party, offer to help with the dishes. Treat the colleague that has been saving you from trouble from the boss to a nice meal. Lend a hand whenever you can and do it out of good intentions.
Kiirtaara is a proud 24 year old Malaysian from the small town of Ipoh. She is a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) graduate and is currently a part-time freelance writer with a full time job. She is also a huge mental-health enthusiast and avid animal lover.