DAILY HAPPINESS TIP #43- Appreciate People

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” -William James
Regardless of stature, gender, age, culture, religion, etc. people respond positively when appreciated. This is a key to good and lasting interpersonal relationships, and therefore important for your own happiness.

photo courtesy of Kaptain Kobold
Have you ever seen a child’s face light up when his/her work is appreciated or when his/her presence is acknowledged? This is a genuine expression of delight from a young person who has not learned to hide true feelings. And no matter what a person say or show that may tell you otherwise, s/he really wants appreciation more than anything else.

Because of this desire for positive feedback especially coming from someone admired or held in high-esteem, people can do wonders in their performance in school, workplace, church and community. Therefore, appreciation is critical in maintaining good performance in students, employees or volunteers. Recognition of their contribution to the organization’s success is worth more than any perks. This helps explain why some good employees leave despite good pay and benefits, as well as the reason why some of them stay despite offers of better packages somewhere else. It is often reflected under “poor relationship with the boss” as why one leaves a company, but a lot of it is plain lack of appreciation.

Related tip: DAILY HAPPINESS TIP #22- Be Generous with Praise


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