Why appreciation is important in a relationship

Appreciation is key in all relationships. Thank yous validate people, it makes them know they matter, it makes them feel better about themselves, and it deepens your relationship together.

Keys of showing appreciation

  • it must be sincere and genuine – if you don’t mean it, this is obvious and is worse than not showing it at all
  • it should be done whenever someone does something kind for you
  • it doesn’t need to be a grand gesture like expensive flowers – it just needs to be heartfelt and thoughtful
  • it should be timely – right at the time it happens or very soon after – to have the greatest effect
  • you can show appreciation to anyone – your parents, siblings, friends, even your manager at work and the chef at the restaurant
  • showing appreciation is showing someone you noticed their efforts for you, that it meant something to you, and that you are thankful

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  • Relationships 101: Demonstrate appreciation for others @ Examiner.com

    Excerpt: Appreciation helps people develop skills and awareness of the needs of others, and what it means to be of service and give back to the world in big and small ways. Appreciation has a way of being contagious, and creating positive energy that stays with the people and the place. Thank yous can be big or small, simple or elaborate, but they must be genuine, and timely (on the spot or very soon, or they lose some of their effect). Sometimes they can be silent; we’ve all loved the special look we get from a partner, friend or relative that we know means “thank you and I love you.”

Message supplied by: Rich @ Respect Yourself