There are some things more important than hearing “I love you.”
There is a common misconception that many of us run around with in our heads: that being told how much you are loved is the most important thing you could hear. But it’s not.
The truth is, although yes we do want to be loved, what we really want to hear- what we are longing to hear- is how much we are valued and appreciated.
“Our language is the reflection of ourselves. A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers.” Cesar Chavez
Even when you care deeply about someone, it can be difficult to show those feelings. There are many ways to reach out to loved ones or friends whom you want to show your appreciation to. Speaking kindly, giving them your undivided attention, and acting how you would want them to treat you will go a long way to show your appreciation for them.
Appreciation can bring abundance into your life. Demonstrating thankfulness for all things brings a positive atmosphere into your relationships, and your home. Showing others you appreciate them will raise their morale.
If we’re honest, we all have a desire to feel valued. Expressing your gratitude for others and acknowledging their actions will encourage them. In work, school, or relationships, the best practice to show your appreciation is frequently, immediately, specifically, and honestly. Appreciation is a free gift that goes a long way to enhance the lives of others.
The Huffington Post recommends a few ways to show someone you appreciate them:
1. Thanking them for little things makes a big difference. Appreciate them if they iron your clothes or cook your food because you were too lazy or tired to do it.
2. Appreciate them for being there with you through your ups and downs. They are the ones investing their time in you more than anyone else!
3. Let your partner know that you don’t take them for granted just because they have been doing something every day for the last year. “I really appreciate you doing the dishes every night after supper.”
There are so many ways to let someone know they are appreciated, but the easiest and most successful way to show someone they are valued is by simply being genuine and telling them. Say the words, “I appreciate (fill in the blank).”
It will be beneficial for you both.