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Appreciation—a concept so important to our culture that it has its own holiday. Thanksgiving is a time when we share our gratitude and appreciation. But what does it really mean? We glibly say thanks to one another around the dinner table. We tell our children to remember to say thank you. Is that really showing appreciation? Just what is appreciation?
Mark Twain said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” Like a good compliment, appreciation is not considered meaningful unless it is heartful and describes what a person has done well. Expressions of appreciation warm our hearts and give us incentive to continue. It is not only good to be grateful, it is beneficial to express our gratitude in meaningful ways. If a good compliment can sustain us for two months, just think how far meaningful expressions of gratitude can take us!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. If you care to share experiences of being lifted up by another’s gratitude, I would love to hear how they helped you and gave you strength. Perhaps sharing will inspire us all to expand our own expressions of gratitude.