Does it feel good to be acknowledged?
I feel that is really important to acknowledge the people in your life. This could be a friend, family member, significant other or the coffee guy you see every morning. Acknowledgement is one of the most important ingredients in life; it is a strength which will improve those relationships. It is also very important to acknowledge yourself as well. Below are some ways to acknowledge loved ones, yourself, and people around you.
Say Thank you
Think about a time when you did something nice for someone and he or she didn’t acknowledge it with thanks. How did that make you feel? Don’t overlook the power of those two words and how they recognize a person. Manners are free.
Focus on Positive
It is often easiest to point out what your loved ones did wrong rather than right. Next time stop and say something positive to them. Tough love should always be balanced with positive feedback.
Give Gifts (doesn’t have to be material items)
Think of a reason to send someone a gift outside a birthday or anniversary. Or no gift just the simple gift of time and listening is enough. I always send cards. I find when you receive a card in the mail for no reason it can really brighten someone’s day.
Speak your Appreciation (this is one of my favorites)
Get in the habit of telling your loved ones you love them and appreciate them. Say it when it counts the most- in the moment, not when it is too late.
Brag in Public (also another favorite)
If there is someone in your life who you feel should be recognized, do something public about it. It could be a speech in front a friends or a post on social media. What is important is the intent to recognize them in front of others.
Treat People Equally
We are all a part of the human race and deserve to be recognized equally. You Matter!
When I am acknowledged by someone I care for it really brings me into a euphoric state of happiness. This is not a post about people should be thanked for doing nice things, this is a post about taking a minute or two out of your day to acknowledge someone special in your life. You can easily just send a text and say “I acknowledge you.” Something so very simple can make someone’s day so beautiful. We all struggle in life some more than others, so to put this in action can really make someone feel loved. When we don’t get acknowledged we can find ourselves wondering why we aren't relevant to that person. I really do believe that not being acknowledged can really hurt people’s feelings and want to make sure we are doing our part. We are all in this together; let’s work as a team for a brighter future. I acknowledge ALL of you!
“Recognize that every interaction you have is an opportunity to make positive impact on others.” – Shep Hyken