3 Quick And Easy Steps To Tell Someone You Appreciate Them

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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5 ways to deal with ignorant or annoying people

I logged into my email from home the other day to see a message from a colleague. The message contained a bunch of assumptions that were ignorant of the situation being discussed and which contained a lot of errors. The colleague was wrong about the situation because they didn’t know the full story – yet were trying to assert their point of view like it was accurate.

Dealing with ignorant people in the office is something I’ve struggled with in the past, and I’ve done a bit of searching and here are 5 ways which you can deal with the ignorant people in your life in ways that let you go about your day in peace.

1. Ignore Them

This may or may not be the best solution. However one way to deal with those annoying people is to just not give their comments any time.

When you receive an email from someone who does not know what their talking about, just push it to the back of your mind. Don’t let it get to you. Go and do something else to distract you from the situation. But whatever you do DON’T RESPOND.

If you respond to an email sent to you, it is likely that you will write something which reflects badly on yourself. If you confront them you will likely get into an argument. It is much better for you to go away and calm down, and then not dignify the email with any form of response.

2. Talk to a Friend

One of the most effective ways to not let annoying or ignorant people get to you is to talk to a close friend. Tell them everything thats going on. Yes I do mean everything! All the emotions your going though. All the stress your under. What you feel like doing in response. Sometimes the advice of a close friend is more valuable than you could ever imagine.

As humans we very much make decisions based on what other people do or say. If you have a friend who will level with you. Who will tell you the situation how it is, then you will be fine. Even the act of getting the pressure off your chest is hugely beneficial.

3. Be Kind

Ok, I know you read that and you started to cringe at the thought. However ignorant people are not bad people, they are just not well informed. They don’t know any better. So be kind to them. They can’t help their situation. It’s not their fault they have trouble keeping informed. Give them a hand, and bring them up to speed on the situation.

Not only will being kind make you feel better in the long run, but it is likely that you will place your self in a good spot with the person. If you are kind to them it will be amazing how this might change their attitude towards you. Even if it doesn’t stop them being ignorant or annoying, it much just take the edge off the situation.

4. Do an amazing job.

Sure if one person keeps making uninformed judgements or decision it can be a little off-putting. But you can use that emotion to do a better job. If you become better at your current job everyone else in your workplace will appreciate your work and will automatically not take the comments of the person on board.

If you do your job well enough you may even be promoted into a position where you no longer have to worry about what that person says. Don’t let their comments ever hold you back from doing the best job you can!

5. Tell them your problem

Ok so this might be a little nerve wracking. But if everything else fails you should calmly and politely them your problem. Tell them that they don’t understand the situation and that they need to stop speaking before finding out information.

Sometimes ignorant people just don’t know they are being rude. If nothing works then you do need to tell them. Who knows they may even appreciate you doing so, however if they are not appreciative don’t take it to heart. You won’t have lost a friend, but you will feel much better for telling them.

How you can CHANGE your world TODAY!

Everyday I live life with the hope of doing something great. Starting the next Google. Running across Australia for charity. Saving the world from poverty. Finding a cure for cancer.

They are all great goals. However they are more a great vision. Something which I would want the world to be like if I could make it happen.

But how can I actually make a difference TODAY?

You might find yourself in the exact same situation as me. Most of the time we dream of achieving big goals and then become disappointed as we then realise we may not be able to achieve them. We think that a goal is too big for us to reach so we never begin to realise our dream.

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Speak out to deaf ears.. We can all do our part and learn sign language!

Today I was searching on You Tube for some blogging inspiration. I came across this video that really opened my eyes to a new perspective of life. That is a life without sound.

Watch the video here and see what I mean.

Honestly I had never really given sign language much thought. In fact I have never really met anyone who was truly deaf.

Rachael’s short video really gave me a new perspective on this issue. Sometimes it is not until you see something from the source that it really starts to hit home.

We can all learn a lot from Rachael. In just 1 minute she has opened my eyes to a world without sound. I can barely imagine not having sound. Even the sound of typing as I write is somewhat soothing.

I must say I wish I had the strength and courage of many of those who are deaf. You are all an inspiration in the way you get on with your lives despite your problems!

As a worldwide community we need to take the inspiration given to us. I certainly know I would struggle without my hearing. The least we can do as a community is learn how to communicate with those who have lost their hearing. It can happen to anyone!

Here are some resources of places where you can learn to sign!

Deaf Services
Handspeak
Deaf Education Network