“Thank You”s feed the world.
Being appreciated infuses joy into our body, boosts our spirits, and makes us willing and energized to do more and be more. Appreciation is the food of the soul.
You can call it many different names; acknowledgment, validation, appreciation, worthiness, love, kindness…But they all are the same. Giving and receiving these is how we heal. It sustains all our efforts. It is a reflection of love and helps us love ourself.
It’s not happy people who are thankful it is thankful people that are happy.
When I was a young social worker, I worked for Mt Hope Family Center and taught young moms parenting skills in their homes. One time, a mother was asking her daughter to get her something. And I reminded her to say “please” and then “thank you.” The mom looked at me as if I was from Mars. She said, “It is not optional.” I found it so sad this young women, who was older than me at the time, had never learned what those words meant. Sadly, I was sure she had never been appreciated growing up.
When was the last time you received or given a thank you? I try to give thank you’s every chance I get, but I am sure it is hardly enough. I will redouble my efforts today. You can never say “thank you” enough. It is like telling people they matter, are important, worth your time, etc, etc, etc.
“D. Jeannine Calaba, author of The Power of Appreciation, reports that when people feel thankfulness, good things happen to their minds, hearts, and bodies. They sleep better, they are more content, they are more patient, they feel more fulfilled, and are more supportive to those around them, they have a bounce in their step. People who practice gratefulness have less depression, anxiety, envy, and jealousy.” From Alexandra on Thanksgiving 101.
Thank you is love.
Here are some recent thank you’s I read lately (only a couple were to me):
All their kindness has cushioned the blow of this loss. It’s as if the whole town of Montclair has us enveloped in a big, warm hug. (THANK YOU ALL!) We are so fortunate to live in this amazing community. (Lisa Rosenberg’s house was burned down.)
I just arrived home. Thank you so much for the wonderful time and all the love. You always make me feel special.
Ohhh! Thank you. Thank you for that hug and squeeze =). I am so thankful for our LOVE. Yupper de do day..can’t wait to talk to you!
I just wanted you to know how hard Leo and Jack worked yesterday during the boat house clean up. They were amazing! They took on some of the messiest, hardest jobs, and never complained and never let up. I really appreciated all their help. You should be very proud of them.
I am so happy the worker gave me you. We make a great team.
This was the most wonderful classes and groups of people I have ever had the great good fortune to spend time with. Thank you all for your support as I move forward and know you have mine.
Thank you my family and friends for all your kind words and prayers that helped me through this difficult time xoxo
I am so grateful for your calm wisdom.
I don’t have the words I would like to have to tell you how fortunate I feel to have you in my life.
You have a very positive, strong Earth energy and provide grounding to group dynamics. I appreciate that about you each and every day.
***I am important enough to be heard and respected.*** I love this sentence SO much. It should be shaded, underlined, and placed on everybody’s bathroom mirror.
Thanks for giving me this chance.
’Cause everything that doesn’t make sense about me, makes sense when I’m with you.
I am strengthened when Spirit reaches out.
Holy cow. Wow. You have made such a difference in her life.
Your kindness healed me.
Thank you to all our Veterans for your sacrifice.
It is Veteran’s Day today. Thank a Vet. Their souls need it.
Thank whomever you can think of to thank today. Send an email, a text, a written note, leave a voicemail, tweet, write on someone’s wall, WhatsApp a friend….send some love and gratitude out there. I promise, promise, promise it will come back.
Tell me a “thank you” that you’ve heard (or given) lately and how it made you feel.
Remember: When someone cannot take a compliment, that means they have been unappreciated in their life and need more compliments.