The power of sharing your appreciation

by | May 17, 2020 | Business, General, Strengths

Do you enjoy giving a business or people testimonials for products or services you have purchased or received? When you give someone a heartfelt testimonial for something you appreciate with said person or business, you spread good mojo.

When words fail, a big smile and a simple “hi, thank you so much” can make someone’s day. You just never know the effect your smile will have at that moment. The cool thing is that one simple action like this tends to make you feel great too, right?

I love acknowledging, sharing, and providing testimonials when I’ve had a positive experience. I focus on spreading positive vibes, and I feel great doing that. In fact, it energizes me.

Several years back, I wrote a review of a fantastic hotel that I had stayed at, and I posted several pictures of the property. Not only did I receive a wonderful response from the hotel and other people considering the property, but it also helped to get the property on the Travelers’ Choice Destinations Award on Tripadvisor! That made my day; I got to see how one simple act of spreading good vibes had impacted someone else; how fun is that?

Whether you’re sharing specific, clearly stated before and after results, how having a great meal made your day at a local restaurant or not, rest assured that just taking that moment to write something great about someone else will have the desired effect. And the more you practice, the better you get at it!

There’s a lot of talk about being grateful and showing appreciation for a reason, and as many different ways of expressing it as there are people on this planet.

What is your love language?

Over the years, I’ve read a couple of the 5 Love Languages books. Whether you take the FREE and short assessment, you may already know what the order is for you, especially if you know your strengths.  And if you want to check for fun, your result will provide you with your ranking in five different areas. These are the areas where you show love or need to receive love, and it applies to platonic love as well.

They are:

  1. Quality Time
  2. Physical Touch
  3. Words of Affirmation
  4. Acts of Service
  5. Receiving gifts

Whether you’re in a business or life partnership, you interact with people daily.

While areas like physical touch may be more applied in your personal relationships, you could hold someone’s hand or comfort someone with a hug if that is mutually OK.

The rest of the areas, if you think of it when you get grumpy, or your customers, what areas do you think are at play for each person, and do you ask them what’s up?

You often do things on instinct and from your own point of view. When you listen to what people are saying, you may hear words that fit into these different areas that will help you provide a more effective communication or service.

Imagine hearing your customers saying, wow, it’s like you were reading my mind!

When you buy lavish gifts for someone and get a lukewarm response, it could be that you didn’t buy the gift that person actually wanted, or you’re spoiling someone with gifts when they’d rather receive, let’s say, quality time with you.

You’re unique

Just as you are unique with your talents, skills, experience, and more, you also show appreciation in your unique way. When you feel misunderstood, ask people what their preference is to avoid misunderstandings.

So back to showing appreciation, there are many options that are free: write a note, buy a gift card, take someone on a walk for some quality time, give someone that you’re close to a hug, call someone and tell them how much you appreciate them. And if you need ideas and want to know more about the 5 love languages, simply CLICK HERE.

My experience with providing gratitude is that when you acknowledge someone from a space of gratitude and generosity, you often receive unexpected “stuff” back. It could be an acknowledgment back, and it could be something shifting in a completely different area of your life, and it could be you tapping into your internal rock star; how cool is that?

Who can you surprise today and express some gratitude for in your life? Remember, it can be a simple “I appreciate you for being who you are, “you’re awesome,” or “you make my day.” It will make a difference, promise.

Thank YOU for taking the time to read this blog post! I appreciate you!