More food? More money? More dreams? More fun? More happiness?
Aspirations are endless…and appreciation can be placed at the top of the list, if you see yourself as a successful individual.
Do you have an attitude of appreciation?
Do you ever think about this word? Yes I can see that nod but my question is related more to your attitude and interpretation of this exquisite emotion.
Appreciation is not just expressing gratitude; it is slightly different from being thankful for a good gesture or magnanimous outlook.
Appreciation is the recognition of somebody’s good work or qualities that you admire. It is all about understanding the qualities of a person and expressing your admiration by articulating your true emotions about him/her.
It is depicted through the words you choose, the vibes you emit and the body language you exhibit.
While appreciation is our emotional need, it doesn’t come effortlessly.
We all like to receive it but when time comes to give, our minds gets clouded by envy, jealousy and spite.
- It makes us more sensitive and understanding.
- It builds healthy relationships.
- It strengthens our bonds.
- It enhances our self-esteem and confidence.
- It boosts our morale and rejuvenates us.
- It motivates us to work sincerely.
If appreciation is so good then why do we withhold it?
Human nature is designed in such a manner that we want all good things for ourselves. We give only when we have enough of them and appreciation is never enough!
The moment we hear a good word about somebody, even our dearest family member, we tell ourselves…‘I am better.’
How to cultivate Appreciation:
If you want to learn appreciation:
Look at the clouds… hovering all around us; creating those romantic moods; inspiring us to pause and watch and wonder at the hues of Nature…‘so beautiful’… these words come out instinctively!
Look at the sunshine. I am sure you like cloudy days and you yearn for those lovely drops of first rain of the season but you can appreciate those dark, damp days only for a few days.
It is the sunshine that fills us with energy and enthusiasm. It is the winter sun that reminds us of that exclusive warmth we appreciate.
Look at the dawn…that fills the sky with a glow of new hope; that whispers sweet sounds of success into our ears; that satiates our desire to start again. Doesn’t it evoke the emotions of obligation?
Look at the winter landscape…the symbol of peace and contentment; that breathes serenity and calmness into our minds; that inspires a moment of spiritual bliss.
Look at life…the greatest gift of nature to celebrate; the slow and steady growth, which conjures smiles, love and tenderness.
While gratitude is momentary, appreciation is eternal; it stays in our hearts to glow in our most precious hours.
It is that wonderful emotion, which William Wordsworth carried in his heart when he looked at the daffodils and they became ‘the bliss of his solitude.’
We learn all good things from our environment, family and social circle. The sensitivity of people around us reaches us spontaneously.
Only lingering cold weather makes us appreciate summer. Dark corridors of life make us appreciate a glimmer of light and joy. It is only after suffering that we realize the gift of healthy life.
True appreciation is profound and ever lasting, like the one we have for our mother. It emanates from our hearts.
Don’t confuse it with gratitude, “which is a very short-lived passion that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object, unless it be still fed with fresh discoveries, and kept alive by a new perpetual succession of miracles rising up to its view.”—Joseph Addison.
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