On the Value of Appreciation

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated,” wrote Marcel Proust. On appreciation, Margaret Cousins tells us, “Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it all into words is all that is necessary.” It is in this gift that you give recognition to the great value someone brings to your life… in who they are, and in what they do.

Your appreciative words that acknowledge a significant impact that someone has brought to your life engenders in them a deep personal sense of self-value. Their gratitude for this recognition gives you the joy and feeling of your own beauty and greatness. What you give opens you to the gifts you will receive.

Proust counsels us, “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” May your words sow seeds of happiness and appreciation in those you serve that they, too, will be the charming gardeners to others in making souls blossom.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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1 Response to On the Value of Appreciation

  1. Joseph Fennelly says:

    Dear Michael. You did it again. In my garden of happiness or better.said ‘joy’ as the Stoics argued one should not seek happiness but joy. That joy comes from sharing perhaps sharing the quest , the journey toward cultivating the varied skills essential for a successful harvest. In my 58 years of medical practice I would
    Formally thank the less essential staff. Some had never received such a show of appreciation. Ironically many showed more positivity than those higher
    Up in responsibility. I must say I was delighted with their responses.

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