The Power of Appreciation

By: Lisa Van Den Berg

I was driving down the highway the other day. I was in the
slow lane, adhering to the speed limit, when suddenly the
truck in front of me had to brake sharply because of a slow
moving truck in front of him. I was in one of those situations
where I wouldn’t have enough time to brake to avoid an
accident and couldn’t overtake because of a car coming up
fast in the overtake lane.

As if seeing my predicament, the driver in the overtake
lane quickly moved to the fast lane, thus freeing up the
space I needed to avoid hitting the back of the truck. As
he drove past me we looked at each other at precisely
the same moment and both raised our hands to say
‘Thank You’.

I was really touched by this spontaneous ‘meeting’ of our
two spirits. For that split second we were in complete
harmony with each other. What he had done for me
(without the usual issues of dominance on the road) had
most probably helped me avoid a serious accident.

It really brought home to me what a powerful force the
‘power of appreciation’ is.

How differently we react when someone answers our
angry comment with a kind word.

What a difference it
makes when someone takes the time to listen when we
need to talk.

Next time someone does something for you, take a
minute and express your sincere appreciation. I mean
really express it.

-Tell them how much what they did for you, means
-Let them know how much you value having their
shoulder to cry on
-Show how much their love means to you
-Say ‘Thanks’ like you really mean it.

A friend of mine has the wonderful habit of telling you
when that dress really suits you. You can see that she
is sincere just by the way she says it and it brightens
up your whole day. She says it without waiting for a
compliment in return. She says it without envy or
jealousy and she also says it completely spontaneously.

I’ve included an excerpt of a list written by Steve
Stephens of things you can say, every day…

"Good Job!"
"You’re wonderful."
"You look gorgeous today."
"I appreciate all the things you have done for me."
"You are the best friend I have."
"I missed you today."
"I can always count on you."
"You make me feel good."
"I am so proud to be married to you."
"I’m sorry."
"I was wrong."
"What would you like?"
"What’s on your mind?"
"Thank you for loving me."
"Thank you for accepting me."

I guarantee that saying something heartfelt and genuine
to someone who’s done something for you, or someone
who means a lot to you, will not only brighten their dayHealth Fitness Articles,
but yours too.

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