Making a Habit of Appreciation


Proverbs 10:11 (NIV)

11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
    but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

 Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)

21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
    and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Our words have incredible power.  They can build up, or they can destroy.  One of the best ways to build up your spouse, children, colleagues, and friends is by showing your appreciation for them.

I think that William James is right on when he said, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”

I know that I am a person who thrives on words of appreciation.  It is even my dominant love language for any of you who have read The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman.  I can’t even begin to explain the difference it makes in my life.  Affirmation motivates me to keep working at a task in spite of odds and disappointment and inspires me to excel in my performance.  It spurs me on toward growth and improvement.  It gets me up and keeps me going.  It acknowledges my value and my worth.

Appreciation is like sunlight to the human spirit; it helps us to flower and grow.  Mark Twin once confessed he could “live for two months on one good complement.”  Twain was just admitting what most of us feel privately that we all need a lift from time to time.

Do you regularly look for opportunities to show appreciation for others?  God doesn’t take people for granted and we shouldn’t either.  If you notice something special about someone, take the time to mention it to them.  Be sure to remember the little things: the button sewn on your shirt; the laundry done; the garbage taken out; the clean house; the juggling of career and family; sensitivity; and quiet qualities.  Be specific with your praise, be truthful, and be generous.  At the same time, don’t forget to show appreciation to God for all He has done for you as well.

A world full of appreciation is a much brighter world.

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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