Although I would say that feeling accepted is one of the greatest boosters to our emotional health, I would say feeling appreciated is a close second. When we are acknowledged for the deeds we embark on that help or aid others – whether that be at home, in our families, at work, or in the community – we feel strengthened and supported.
And just as important as being appreciated is showing appreciation. When we consciously make a point to appreciate, we build trust in our relationships. Remembering to say thank you is a simple and effective way to start; if you are thinking it, say it. If someone has gone out of their way to make your life richer, easier, or more joyful, make sure to send along a little note of appreciation. Give them a hug, buy them a coffee, remember to one day return the favour.
Being able to appreciate allows us to achieve a higher level of emotional health. Much like gratitude and seeking joy, we are reminded that our spirit and soul is fed by grace. As this quote reminds us, appreciation is an action:
“Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.” – Unknown Author
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