Appreciation and Gratitude

Today’s tip focuses on the value of appreciation and gratitude and how being grateful and appreciative can greatly strengthen your relationship.

Here are some ways to incorporate this into your relationships:

  1. Verbal Appreciation: Regularly tell your partner or friend what you appreciate about them. This can be about specific actions they’ve taken or general qualities they possess.
  2. Small Gestures: Show your appreciation through small acts of kindness. This could be as simple as making them a cup of coffee in the morning or sending a thoughtful text.
  3. Acknowledge Efforts: Recognize and acknowledge the efforts they make, whether it’s things they do for you, themselves, or others.
  4. Quality Time: Spend quality time together. This shows that you value their company and want to make them a priority in your life.
  5. Write Notes or Letters: Occasionally, leave them a note or write a letter expressing your gratitude. This can be a memorable and touching way to show your appreciation.

Remember, showing appreciation in a relationship is not just about big gestures; it’s often the small, consistent acts that leave a lasting impression.


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This one too is a good tip. I like the one about notes or letters. I saw that in some older movies from the 80’s and 90’s, maybe even in the early 2000’s, and I remember in one of those movies when the character said it’s the small things in life that really make a difference. It made sense to me that the words which convey sentiment are more powerful than monumental actions in a relationship, and they seem to cement the bond in a relationship.

In one of my previous relationships from a long time ago, I think that’s what I appreciated most was when that woman would draw pictures on note pads and scraps of paper to convey her feelings about me, and sometimes she would draw pictures about how she envisioned we would have a family together. She used to leave me notes sometimes or give me cards with meaningful messages written in them to express her feelings for me and exemplify her sentimental values, but that was before we moved into a digital era. I loved it, and it was probably one aspect of that relationship that made it seem so wonderful.

Agreed, having tangible evidence of love is such a gift, maybe you can do that for your kids this year (referring to your comment on the Blog), write them notes on how much you love them and your wishes for them in the coming year. They might not see the importance of these notes now, but they will :slight_smile:

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