Small word, huh? Sure is, but it holds a tremendous meaning.
Appreciation- A feeling or expression of admiration or gratitude.
Is that it? I don't think so.
We often describe 'appreciation' as a core value. When in reality, it's a habit.
Yup! You read it right. Appreciation is not a value. It's a habit which you have to practice daily.
Now You must be wondering why you should practice appreciation? Shouldn't it come from the heart?
Well, yes, my wonderful readers, you are right. It should come from the heart. But for that too, you must be conscious enough to realize the good things happening around you. In a world full of negativity, consciously and willingly choosing to look at the bright side of everything is what makes appreciation a habit.
To appreciate something, you should take the time and patience to realize its value, whether it's an opportunity, a thing, or even a person. You can't appreciate a three-course meal you get each day unless you stop complaining about the taste of the food or about how much you hate potatoes. And take time to realize how blessed you are to receive that meal. You won't be able to appreciate your friend's efforts if you won't stop complaining about their bad jokes or loud laugh. Take time and appreciate them for their companionship and support. Instead of being upset with your mother for not buying you that colour box, try appreciating her for her kindness and love for you.
The world can be a whole different place if everyone starts appreciating each other for all the good things they do instead of complaining about their faults; we have to be conscious of actions to make appreciation a habit.
And as Mahatma Gandhi said-
Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.
So, let's start it today. From now on, each day take a few minutes from your day to sit alone. And with a deep breath, think of all the amazing things and people you can appreciate in your life. Trust me. It will make a huge difference [in a wonderful way].
P.S.- It is my first-ever blog.
(Brand, PR & Marketing Agent at My Good School)