How to Show Appreciation for Important People in Your Life
November 11, 2016
While every day is a great day to show your appreciation, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to show the people in your life that you care. Below are 7 tips for how to show appreciation for those that matter.
1. Send a Considerate Email
A thoughtful email is sure to bring a smile to the recipient’s face. Write a thank you note about something specific this person has recently done for you. Another option is to send them a list of reasons why you care about them. If you know that this person is going through a difficult time, send them an email filled with encouragement.
2. Give Thoughtful Gifts
You don’t need a special occasion to give someone you care about a gift. Your gift doesn’t need to be expensive. It just needs to be something that you put genuine thought into and believe the recipient will enjoy; even something as simple as a flower and a nice note. Another simple gift can be a customized email address that you can create for someone based off of his or her interests and personality.
3. Be Present
When you’re having a conversation with someone, put your cellphone and other distractions away. Giving someone your full attention shows that you care about what they have to say and that you enjoy their company.
4. Keep Your Promises
Circumstances may come up that prevent you from keeping a promise, but you should—for the most part—be faithful to your commitments. Disregarding promises makes it seem like you don’t truly care about the important people in your life. If you discover that you don’t often keep your promises, assess each promise before you make it. If you don’t think that you can keep a commitment, don’t promise to do it.
5. Make a Habit of Saying Thank You
Saying thank you isn’t difficult and it makes those around you feel appreciated. Even if the task they did was small, mentioning that you’re thankful shows the person that they are important to you.
6. Do a Favor
When you do a favor for someone, don’t expect anything in return. Offer to do a task for them or surprise them with the service already completed. If you know there is a chore that an important person in your life dislikes, do this task for them. Zen Habits reminds us that actions speak louder than words, doing something kind surpasses just saying that you’re grateful.
7. Give Hugs
If the recipient likes to hug, a hug is a great way to show someone you care. The Huffington Post explains that touch creates emotional and physical attachment. Most importantly, you should respect the boundaries of the people you care about. If hugs make the recipient uncomfortable, give them a handshake or a pat on the shoulder.
Do at least one small act each day to show that you care about the important people in your life. Kind actions will help facilitate healthy relationships and help strengthen your relationships.