How to Show Appreciation this Holiday Season

Showing gratitude is good for all, so why don’t we give thanks more?

I read an article recently about research suggesting that people underestimate how much other people will appreciate being appreciated. They are of focusing on their own writing, worrying about their competence and how they are expressing their gratitude. They are even worrying if they are articulate or eloquent enough.

Honestly, this research really surprised me! Perhaps it’s good that I am NOT a perfectionist!

Making it Meaningful

Over the last decade, my handwriting has gotten progressively worse as an adult. I’ve seen my kids struggle as they read my cards, so I suspect others might too.

But a handwritten card is more meaningful for the receiver, so I continue to write them because I know it will bring some positivity to that person’s day. In the end, my goal when writing the card is to simply tell that person I am grateful for their presence in my life.

Now to be completely honest, I never truly know what to write in a card. But, I write them, and even if I reread what I’ve written and don’t feel wowed, I still send the card anyway.

Saying Thanks

As we roll into winter, you have so many opportunities for showing gratitude to someone who has positively impacted you.

Perhaps you’ll conjure up the feelings you’ve had receiving gratitude from others, and it will help you throw those worrisome fears of “not doing it well” out the window and spread gratitude abundantly this season. Remember, people appreciate being appreciated.

If you are someone who struggles to write appreciate, please weigh in, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Join the conversation with us on LinkedIn.