The Value of Expressing Praise, Admiration and Appreciation
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William Ward
When was the last time you were told what a wonderful person you are, or what a great job you’ve done – you know, like in actual words? If you’re having a tough time remembering, trust me, you are not alone.
Being on the receiving end of praise, admiration and appreciation is one of the most heartfelt ways of recognizing that you are truly valued; be it by your partner, parents, siblings, colleagues, friends or supervisors in work.
Of course the people in our lives often do appreciate and value us, it’s just that life being the hectic journey that it is, we so often take each other for granted, or feel uncomfortable expressing our appreciation in words.
Have you ever considered asking for that thank you? How often do you express appreciation?
Let’s try looking at this from a slightly different perspective.
When was the last time you told someone what a wonderful person they have been, or what a great job they have done?
In this deceptively simple, thought provoking 3-minute talk, Dr. Laura Trice reflects on the power of the magic words “thank you” — to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, to make sure another person knows what they mean to you.
What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it – would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have. ~Ralph Marston
Dr. Laura Trice is a therapist and coach has created a therapeutic program called Writing in Recovery that uses creative skills such as journaling and music to help people develop better self-awareness and set goals. She’s taught this program at such well-known clinics as Betty Ford and Promises. She’s the author of the book How to Work Any 12-Step Program. To learn more about Dr. Trice please visit her website at http://www.drlauramd.com/
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