Today we have the privilege of hearing from another one of our staff members, Meredith, Director of Community Education! Missed our last staff post, check it out here.
I’m a list maker. I love checking things off my list and celebrating the completion of a project.
Do the dishes. Check.
Finish the laundry. Check.
Write the report. Check.
Paint the room. Check.
Then I’m on to the next task. And the next one. And so on.
But it is easy to forget one of the most important parts of a post-project celebration: to take a moment and express appreciation for others that might have helped along the way.
Appreciation is actually both a skill and an attitude. We must learn to first appreciate before we can give appreciation to others.
Let’s practice this together.
First, appreciate the world around you. What a gift today is. Name at least 3 things that you are appreciative of. One of my favorite tools to help me with this is Ann Voskamp’s Joy Dare. http://annvoskamp.com/joy-dares/
Second, tell others what you appreciate. The sky is beautiful and the weather is pleasant. Share this with others. Practice verbalizing your appreciation.
Third, practice appreciating yourself. You are amazing! You really are! What are you proud of today? Give yourself a pat on the back.
And finally, express your appreciation to others. Here are 5 suggestions! Hint: This is where the aforementioned practice comes in handy.
- Write a thank you note-include details and do it right away. Everyone likes to be thanked and to know how they were helpful to you.
- Buy them a cup of coffee or tea. It’s a small gesture, but can mean a lot.
- Clean up their dishes after lunch or dinner. It’s unexpected and will bring joy to the recipient.
- One of my favorites is to feed them. If they are helping out with a project, order a pizza or make a homemade meal. If they helped out at work, pick up the tab.
- Give them a hug. This can mean the world to someone when they are having a bad day. Ask how they are doing and let them know it will be ok. If someone isn’t a hugger, a pat on the back or a handshake will do.
Another tool that I have found to help you show appreciation to others is the #bethegift monthly calendar. Here is July’s beautiful calendar.
*these tips are not necessarily the views and opinions of NAMI DuPage
Image taken from http://kulraj.org/2015/10/25/the-power-of-gratitude/