After watching the great video on the importance of saying thank-you, I realised that this is one area where I fail. Sure I say thank-you all the time, but those people are not really the ones who are important to me. They are not people who I spend all my time with. They are people I meet in an elevator at work, or in a class at university.
While I do connect with some of them, the time I spend with them is very short. Most of my time is spent with family and friends. These are the people who deserve a lot more thanks and appreciation then I give. In fact I probably give those superficial friends more thanks and appreciation than my closest family and friends.
I know I’m not alone, I know many people struggle with this. So what can we do about it?? What can we do to let people know that we appreciate them?
Here are 3 quick steps that you can follow to let people know you appreciate them.
Step 1: Take the Time to Say Thank You
Ok it seems pretty obvious that it is important to say thank-you…. but how often do you actually say it?
I don’t mean saying thanks as an off handed remark. e.g ‘thanks for passing the salt’…. but I do mean ‘Mum, I love you and I really appreciate all the work you put into dinner tonight, it was fantastic! Thank-You!’.
See the difference between those two remarks. Both were simple. Both conveyed thanks. However only one was out of genuine love and appreciation.
It is important that we do take that extra heartbeat to express our thanks in a meaningful way. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it shows how much you really care.
Step 2: Give a Hug
Such a simple gesture can mean so much! Giving people we appreciate a hug should never be awkward. It should be easy, and it means a lot. People need to feel loved and appreciated, and hugging is one of the best ways! and Men, a manly handshake is not going to do it for everyone! Don’t be afraid to go in for the big bear hug!
It is often said that people need up to 10 hugs a day to feel truly loved. Maybe that one hug you give a person could be the thing that brightens their day. If you really appreciate someone, maybe even more than one is appropriate.
Step 3: Repeat Steps 1 and 2
What good is a plan if you aren’t going to repeat it over and over again?
Take the time out of your day to truly let somebody know you care…. but don’t just stop with that one person! Let everyone who matters to you know how much they mean. A few simple words and a hug are enough to brighten someone’s day.
Not only will it make them feel great.. but you will be feeling pretty fantastic yourself!
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