A reminder to appreciate the people in your life

Everyone likes to be appreciated. You like when your boss commends your work during the morning meeting. You smile when your spouse compliments your outfit. It resonates with you when your children begin to mutter the phrase thank you. You feel like world’s best mom when your dog wags their tale at the sight of the bone you brought home.

Take next week and pay special attention to the small things in your life. Make a mental note when someone does something nice for you. 

Pay it forward AND pay it back.

Pay it forward is a given. In some situations, paying it forward is the only option. (ie. If someone in the drive-thru pays for your food, then you pay for the person behind you.)

Paying it back is a more foreign concept, but it is equally as important. Unintentionally we tend to overlook the people in our life who steadily go out of their way for us. 

Why is it that? Why do we tend to pay more attention when a stranger does something nice than our own friends and family?

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It is sad, but true. We almost expect for our friends and family to go above and beyond… Let that resonate with you. These are people that we truly love and appreciate, but on a regular basis we expect their involvement in our lives and then we overlook expressing our appreciation. We assume they know how thankful we are. We assume they know how much they mean to us.

In a way, they do, but everyone deserves their special reminder. Think about how it feels when someone expresses their appreciation for you.

Thank your significant other for being the person for you. Thank your parents for having you over for dinner. Thank your nanny for taking good care of your child. Thank your coworker for helping you make it through the long days at work. Thank your children for the happiness they bring you. Thank the stranger that holds the door. Wave to your neighbor when you leave the driveway. 

Reach out to the people who help your world keep spinning.

Photo by Nynne Schrøder on Unsplash
Photo by Nynne Schrøder on Unsplash

Thanks & giving do not have to go hand in hand, but if you’re feeling incredibly generous they can. I am the type of person that loves to give. But I won’t lie, I like to give as much as I like to receive! Even if it is only a letter in the mail, I feel like it is Christmas morning.

Typically when you think of events for giving you picture holidays like Christmas or events like teacher appreciation week. Those times are wonderful, and you should participate, but giving doesn’t need a special day. The best gifts are those that are clearly the result of deep thought. I adore creating personalized presents.

East Point Foundry is a company that can help you with showing your appreciation. They are an American owned company in the sweet peach state, Georgia! Don’t worry, they can ship your creation to you, wherever that may be. They have made pieces for big corporations like the U.S. Army, so you can rest assured knowing that you are investing with a credible company. A few of the things that they have made are nameplates, sculptures, and plaques. You can contact them for your personalized pieces by using their website as well as on their Facebook page.

An example of their work from their website

Again, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to show your appreciation, so there is no excuse. It can be done very easily with a short hand-written note. Leave a sticky note on the bathroom mirror and tell your spouse that you hope they have a great day. Put a letter in your child’s lunch box. Knock on your coworker’s door and tell them to enjoy their weekend. The time you take to appreciate someone is more valuable than any gift.

Take the initiative. Tell someone how thankful you are for them.

Do it right now!

“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life and you’ll find that you have more of it.” —Ralph Marston

This post was sponsored by East Point Foundry.