Learn to Show Appreciation With These 8 Simple Gestures!

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Learn to show appreciation.  It will enable you to enjoy improved communication and more fulfilling relationships.

While a grand gesture is always nice and has a time and place, simple gestures are habits that you can add to your everyday routine. It’s important not to keep all of your love and appreciation stuck inside your head. Instead, let it out and you’ll give meaning, purpose, and joy to everyone around you!

Try the following simple gestures to express your gratitude:

  1. Talk more. Make your thoughts known. Your simple gestures of appreciation can be at the office, at home, with your kids, with your partner, and more. When you verbalize how you feel in a positive manner, it can make all the difference in a person’s day.

If you think of a compliment, give the compliment. It’s simple and it works.

  1. Give a card out of the blue. Give friends, family, colleagues, or your partner a sincere card or note. There’s something extra special about getting a message when you aren’t expecting one. Plus they make nice keepsakes.
  1. Go out of your way. Take a moment to think of something you can do each day or every once in awhile that’s above and beyond. Taking even a small burden off your loved one’s shoulders shows that you care.

For example, if your spouse is usually the one who handles the laundry, surprise them and take care of it.

  1. Develop your listening skills. Practice being truly aware of what you’re told when people are speaking to you. You’ll likely commit certain bits of information to long-term memory. You’ll be surprised at how happy you can make someone simply because you remembered something they told you.
  1. Show affection. When it comes to affection for your loved ones, some simple affection can go a long way. Bring more hugs and kisses into the relationship. Chances are everyone could use more “I love you’s” in their lives.
  1. Consider a handmade gift. When it comes time for gift giving, consider a handmade gift. It doesn’t have to be something expensive or complex as long as it’s coming from the heart. These gifts are often the most cherished of all.
  1. Cook something. If you’re showing appreciation to your family, plan a special meal one day. Maybe try something you haven’t tried before, or go for an old family favorite. If you’re showing appreciation for another group of people, consider bringing them some baked goods. A cupcake or a brownie just might brighten someone’s day!
  1. Always say “Thank You.” You’ve learned to say please and thank you to strangers and the people in your life shouldn’t be an exception. It’s easy to fall into a pattern where we take others for granted. Make it a habit to always thank people for anything they’ve done for you, even for simple things like holding the door.

Live a Life of Gratitude

If you continue to live your life in the presence of gratitude, it won’t be difficult to maintain simple gestures of appreciation. When you concentrate on the needs of the people you love and fight the urge to fall into predictable patterns, you’ll set yourself up for a happy life. Those around you will always remember your positive gestures!

Please Share Your Thoughts

In the comments below, share with us:

1. How do you show appreciation?
2. What has someone done for you in the past to show you their appreciation?

Top Ten Resolutions for The New Year If You Want to Stress Less and Live More

New-Year_Resolutions_list When it comes to stress management for women, New Year’s is a time to start fresh, to do something new, to really make a change in your life. If you are living a stressful life and want to actually start living, I have some resolutions for the New Year that you can make to start living a happier, more fulfilling life. Let’s be serious, it’s no fun to live in a constant state of stress. Use the New Year to start eliminating stress and bringing more joy into your life.

  1. Spend more time with friends and family. Friends and family should be the be-all, end-all in your life. Making money, sustaining your life, and having hobbies are all great and noble pursuits, but real happiness comes from fulfilling relationships. Make a commitment in the New Year to work on your most important relationships and make them more fulfilling. Do something a group. Go camping, have dinner, watch a movie, etc.
  1. Fit in fitness. Are you walking enough? Exercising enough? Most busy people do not make fitness a priority, when in reality, it can make them far more productive. Just taking half an hour, every day, to do something active can seriously improve your mood, productivity, and even boost your energy levels throughout the day. Make a point to fit in fitness this next year, whether you get outside or just walk on a treadmill in your own home.
  1. Eat healthy. Food and stress are heavily connected. If you’re not eating right, your body is going to be more stressed. Eating junk food, while it might feel good in the moment, is terrible in the long term. Making a resolution to eat healthier and to make cooking a less stressful task, is a great way to improve your life.
  1. Embrace relaxation techniques. If you’re not already actively trying to reduce your stress, now is the time to make a commitment to start. Instead of letting stress control your life, control your stress with a relaxation technique that works for you.
  1. Enjoy life more and stress less. You can make the decision to stress less and to live a more enjoyable life. You may need to eliminate some habits and implement some new ones, but it is possible. This book can show you how.
  1. Better time management. When it comes to stress management for women, this is one of the most important things a woman can do. Lacking time is one of the number one stressors among busy women. How do you find time to work and take care of your home and family? Finding ways to manage your time more effectively as a part of your New Year’s resolutions can mean more time for the truly important things in life.
  1. Get out of debt. Financial stress is the most common and most detrimental kind of stress a woman can face. Taking actions to gain control of your finances during the next year can help eliminate the stress from your life.
  1. Learn something new or take up a hobby. Gaining a new skill can make you feel as accomplished and competent as you actually are. Pick a skill or hobby that will benefit your life and reduce stress. Gardening is a great example, but anything that makes you feel calm for a few moments during a hectic day, week, or month, is worth your time.
  1. Do something for others. Doing something for others is a great way to improve your own life. When you focus on the needs of someone else, you can forget about your own problems and stress for a few hours. Make someone a great gift, volunteer at a homeless or animal shelter, or donate time or money to a great cause.

     

  2. Get organized. Clutter in your home and yard can make you feel stressed and overwhelmed. New Year’s is a great time to de-clutter your life. Get organized and throw out the things you don’t need. If you don’t have any storage in your backyard, invest in a storage shed to hide your trashcans, mower, or other yard tools. Get some filing cabinets and other storage for your business papers inside your home. Don’t let mess and clutter be another source of stress in the New Year!