The Appreciation Approach

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."


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“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others

belong to us as well.”

– Voltaire.

My wife, Judy, was telling me a story last week that really resonated.

Just before Christmas our son, Sam had to have a tooth removed. Previous experiences had terrified him but the 2 women in this dental clinic were so friendly, positive and professional that he relaxed into it.

And despite having a tooth pulled that was clearly painful, there was minimal reaction from him – a highly unusual result!

And it was all because of the way the 2 women had treated him.

Judy returned last week for a check up with Sam and just before they did their work, she said she wanted to say something. Probably expecting something negative, they apparently were visibly taken aback when Judy started to say thank you.

She said that she really appreciated the way they had treated Sam – how kind they were – and how their treatment of him had changed the way he looks at dentists.

One of the women got upset and didn’t know what to say, the other was stunned but eventually spoke.

“No-one ever thanks us. I can’t remember the last time anyone said what you just said. It means a lot.” 

And it does.

I think it’s an unfortunate truth that most people hear the negatives from others quicker than they get told the positives.

If someone around you stands out for the work they do, the impact they have or the way they have made you feel (in a good way), tell them. It will mean the world to them because it re-enforces that they are doing something that makes an impact (and that really matters). And who doesn’t like being appreciated?

Plus, watch the way it makes you feel..

The Weekly Challenge:

Find 1 person within 24 hours to say thank you to and tell them specifically why you appreciate them.



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