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A little appreciation goes a long way

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Have you taken the time to show people how much you appreciate them?

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Have you been appreciated lately? If the answer is no, then I don’t think you’re alone. I don’t know if it’s just me or does it seem as if people are taking others for granted far too often?

If there is an appreciation class in elementary school, the kids just aren’t getting it.  

Showing someone that you’re thankful to for something they have done for you or others doesn’t cost anything. It doesn’t have to be huge; it can be small little gesture that shows that you appreciate them. A thank-you, a hug, a kiss, a cup of coffee or even a flower from the yard will do. It will create that warm, happy feeling.  

A small gesture of thank has more benefits than you could imagine. In the workplace, it can make an employee feel as though they are valued and that their work is actually being noticed. Showing appreciation can boost productivity and morale.

I once had a manager who made sure he praised his employees for work well done and made us all feel appreciated. He encouraged laughter and fun in the workplace. It wasn’t a coincidence that the department had its best production ever during his term. Praise was nonexistent after he left our department and morale and production slipped back to previous levels.

Another place appreciation is lacking is in the home.

Does your family really appreciate you for everything you do? Is there a cranky Mommy or Daddy amongst you? And even though you teach your kids all the manners you may know, does it seem that they just don’t get it.

This time of year seems to amplify thoughts of all the special people we once knew but are no longer with us.

I have lost my best friend, grandparents, friends, co-workers, neighbours and acquaintances. I miss the laughter, love, companionship and conversation hey all contributed in their own ways. I hope these people knew I appreciated them for their own uniqueness. I did make an effort to tell them how I appreciated them, but did I do it often enough?

I wish I could have said just that one more thing.  

Look around at all the people in your life, notice the good things they do, and make a point of telling them that you appreciate them.

Don’t wait until tomorrow, because there may not be one.  Simple words can make a huge difference in someone’s life.

Before we know it, all of Transcona will be smiling.

Louise Hedman is a community correspondent for Transcona.

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