The Power of Appreciation

When was the last time you told someone that you appreciate them? It is something we often take for granted, especially with the people we love and appreciate the most. Sometimes this happens because we’re around them all of the time. Sometimes it’s because we think they surely know how we feel about them. Or sometimes it’s just because we don’t really know or feel comfortable saying it, because it’s personal.

A few weeks back, I made the last trip to office to submit my laptop and other assets as I prepared to move to a new company. It was a very cold feeling for me as it was just a transaction at the security desk and I could not even go to my desk for the last time. I felt low and sad. I was fortunate to meet a colleague that I worked with during the pandemic. He had to make a trip to the office to collect a laptop. It was the first time we were meeting in person. And he took the opportunity to thank me for a making a difference to his life. His words touched me deeply and completely changed my mood and uplifted my spirits.

Appreciation is indeed powerful!

Sometime back I had come across the 4 keys of appreciation: ISOS

Immediate
Express your appreciation immediately, even if it is over a text/Whatsapp/call. Sometimes we want to do something special which may take time. Seize the moment and do it right away! You can always do more later

Specific
Being specific makes it all the more special. Instead of “thank you for all the help”, try “thank you for helping me get that report submitted in time”

Often
Don’t be stingy! Give thank often, appropriately and creatively!

Sincere
Say it only if you mean it. People can easily make out if you are faking it.

The greatest good you can do for another is not to share your riches, but to reveal theirs

Benjamin Disraeli

Reveal the riches in others by expressing appreciation for what you see. The gift of appreciation is indeed the greatest gift you can give. Tell someone today what a difference they have made in your life. Then watch the difference you make in theirs!

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