Ever stop and think, “I wish someone would say something nice to me”, or “I would like to know that I’m appreciated”?
Well, just about every person you come in contact with has an invisible sign written on their forehead that says “please tell me how much you appreciate me!”
There are stories of that one little compliment received by a child, which once received, started a fire of passion and confidence that propelled them to grow up and do something amazingly successful.
Here are a few ways to affirm someone each day:
- Notice something uniquely beautiful about someone and let them know how it has touched you, like their smile, positive attitude, joyful spirit.
- Commend someone who does a tedious task day in, and day out, that you depend upon to do your job or helps you in some way. People who clean public areas, appointment schedulers, and cashiers all could use some gratitude.
- Look for those who do things with their whole heart or selflessly, let them know you notice and appreciate them and what they do.
- Don’t take those who help you for granted. Always say “Please”, “Thank You” and “You Are Welcome” – using those words – for the many tasks done for you throughout the day. My pet peeve is when I say “thank you” and the response if “no problem” or “Sure” or nothing! Saying “You’re Welcome” is just as powerful as the Thank You!
- Look for ways to encourage everyone around you. My butchers always go above and beyond to give me the best service, so I sometimes bring them cookies, or buy them lunch on a busy day.
- Writing a heartfelt note of gratitude can be kept and read over and over again. I have a few that I’ve carried with me for many years, because they’ve meant so much to me.
The people closest to us are often the ones we most overlook. They should be the first ones we express kindness and appreciation to, and the greatest recipient of our encouragement each day.
Affirm yourself each day, too!
“Affirmations are proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to rewire our brains. Much like exercise, they raise the level of feel-good hormones and push our brains to form new clusters of “positive thought” neurons. In the sequence of thought-speech-action, affirmations play an integral role by breaking patterns of negative thoughts, negative speech, and, in turn, negative actions.” (more positive affirmations)
Thinking positive thoughts about yourself, successful thoughts about your day, and expressing gratitude continuously throughout each day, all wire our brains for happiness and success. They also relax your body and give us a pleasant facial expression, making it easier for us to smile all day long. What better way to look fabulous than with beautiful thoughts and a happy heart!