If you’re anything like me and have found yourself in countless instances where you awkwardly display or even shy away from expressing your appreciation, this is the article for you.
While it’s easy to shrug off a selfless act that someone has done for you, there is great power in not only expressing gratitude but also in allowing the receiver to grasp exactly how you feel.
Why should you convey emotion in your interactions?
We humans appreciate interactions with others, especially when we sense sincerity. If you wish to create relationships of true value, it is important to be genuine in your interactions to gain trust and loyalty.
It is also an amazing quality to express your true opinions to those who have helped you or bring quality to your life. They are the ones who truly deserve the compliments, messages, or any form of appreciation.
Choose the right form of displaying appreciation
It is obvious that the more thought and personality that goes into this act of appreciation, the more it will be valued. So, my number one tip for helping you determine how to express your appreciation, is by determining their appreciation language.
There are 5 love languages which can also used to detect appreciation languages amongst friends.
- Verbal love – verbal acknowledgements, and complements
- Quality time – active listening, friendly outings
- Acts of Services – when others go out of their way to make life easier or better
- Gift giving – tokens of appreciation, e.g. souvenirs
- Touching – hand holding, hugging
Watch and listen to how they interact with you, and others, so you may make your decision on how they would love to be shown appreciation! It may be one or more of these languages, don’t be afraid to mix it up, and have fun with this!
Simple ways to show people you appreciate them
After deciding their appreciation language, find your own unique way to carry it out. Here are a few ideas to spark some inspiration!
- Buy them a spontaneous gift
- Surprise them with having food delivered
- A simple phone call
- Send them a friendly message
- Use appreciative words:
- Feel, Appreciate, Think, Want, Need, Care, Admire, Blessing, Strong, Capable
- Use appreciative words:
- Better yet, send them a handwritten note.
- Find a free printable card online, personalize it, and either email it or give it to them in person!
- Take the time to choose one that shows how you really feel
- Record a video of yourself telling them how much you care!
- Invite them over for taco night!
- If they speak a different language, learn a phrase in their language
- Take them out to eat
- Buy them their favorite dessert
- Buy them something they’ve been dying for or desperately need
- Create a scrapbook filled with all of your favorite memories together
- Get them a beautiful plant
- Gift them a certificate for a massage
- Gift them a certificate for their favorite shop
- Surprise them by having flowers delivered
- Throw a party for them with close family and friends
- Take them out for margaritas
- Be present, and have FUN!
The moments you will remember in life are the moments well spent with those you love and care about.
Love when you can, while you can, as much as you can– Mandy Hale