“Develop an attitude of gratitude and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” —Brian Tracy
Appreciation is the act of being grateful for our surroundings, for the people that are with us, and for what we have.
It’s very important to learn to appreciate our surroundings and what we have, it’s another aspect that one must have in order to live a happier life.
As human beings, we want to be appreciated and I mean, who can blame us? being appreciated for what we do and who we are is fricken awesome!
We often take what we have for granted because we were born in a time when we are in peace (unlike the old days when cold wars and world war 2 was going on).
Appreciating what we have, ourselves and our surroundings isn’t only good in our awareness of what we have and how we would be without them, it also creates healthy relationships, healthy connections, and overall a healthy lifestyle/mentality.
There are a plethora of benefits that you can reap from not only sharing appreciation with others but by appreciating the present and what you have right now.
Here are ten of the many benefits of having an appreciation for what you have.
1. Your mindset changes.
We don’t actively look for the many great works, brilliant ideas, and extra efforts put in by our coworkers, friends, teams, and others. This is mostly due to the fact that when we begin our careers, work, lifestyles, and projects we tend to focus only on ourselves.
But when you begin to change your mindset, to look for the good instead of the bad in the people around you, you begin to notice just how fantastic and charismatic they can be.
2. Your mood improves.
Many Psychologists have found how our overall mood and daily outlooks change when we focus on positive things rather than the negative. Begin by focusing more on the positive, more on what you enjoy.
Appreciating what we have more can improve our mood drastically, it’s kind of a no-brainer.
The two go hand in hand, check out my 10 things you can do to live a happier life.
3. It motivates you.
Appreciating what you have can motivate you not only to do more and to try and gain more but to remain aware of what you have and to keep on working and moving to manage and sustain what you have.
Continue to pursue more, appreciate what you have at the moment and stay motivated.
4. It motivates others.
Showing appreciation toward others and what they do and how they do it can motivate them to do even more! as human beings we crave attention and to socialize, we love it when someone offers us compliments as to how we do what we do and how well we do it.
Have you ever been told by your boss or your colleague about how well of a job you’re doing or they complimented your work ethic in some way, didn’t that spark some sort of a feeling within you to work more and harder and to basically show off more of your work ethic?
Well most likely the same thing will work for someone else as well, so show some appreciation for your co-workers, workplace, your family and friends and most importantly, yourself.
5. It builds trust in relationships.
Appreciating others and ourselves also builds trust and makes it much easier to build relationships and a connection to others.
People naturally want to be around those that are vibrant, full of life, kind and those who appreciate what they have, who they have and their surroundings, if you don’t have any of those attributes then people most probably won’t give you the time of day to help you through those problems an work on them with you.
Most people want it now and want to be around those who do show appreciation because when others show appreciation toward you or when you show appreciation toward them, this ultimately builds trust and unity.
6. You Inspire yourself and others.
We all would love to be the person who inspires someone else. It turns out it’s not that difficult when you actively give recognition.
A study by the O.C. Tanner Institute shows that 88% of employees who receive recognition feel inspired to do great work. Why wouldn’t they? They just got praised for a job well done.
So, show appreciation to others, inspire them to do better and it will benefit both parties!
7. It increases your effectiveness.
Appreciation increases results whether at work if you’re an employee or a boss, or a personal project. People who appreciate their work more tend to generate better results.
So, try to appreciate your employees, co-workers, friends, and family more, everyone’s loves being appreciated and I promise you that they will as well.
8. You’ll actually want to stay longer.
While it would make logical sense that those of us who feel appreciated stay with an organization longer, research from a global study shows we stay quite a bit longer. In fact, companies that recognize their people for years of service anniversary keep employees an average of two years longer than companies that don’t.
And while that’s impressive, as you celebrate the service anniversaries of teammates you build a bond as if they’re your family.
9. You see/think more clearly.
When appreciating life more, we tend to have a more positive outlook on things and in turn, we think more clearly than if we didn’t.
Our cognitive thinking improves as well as our overall thinking process, learns to appreciate life more and you’ll reap even more benefits from appreciating such things.
10. Opportunities open up toward you.
Everyone likes an outgoing, energetic, lively and vibrant person who appreciates themselves as well as the people who they surround themselves with, what they have and the planet.
Potential employers, as well as business opportunities, tend to go for people who do show appreciation toward themselves and their surroundings because it means that you will appreciate the job more and you’ll appreciate your bosses even more.
Drawing a conclusion
Concluding why appreciation is important and what it can do for you, there are a plethora of benefits that you can reap from showing appreciation not only for yourself but for what you have, those around you and where you’re at at this moment in time.
People will inevitably show more appreciation for you if you show more appreciation for them, it’s like a cycle, what you give is what you will get back, what you put in is what you will get out.
Appreciate life more, your outlook will become much more pleasant and joyful, you will be a much more vibrant and loving person and people will want to be around you more.
Appreciation is just one of the key ingrediants needed in order to live a happier life.
Anyway, this is James signing off.
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