Oftentimes, life’s hectic twists and turns can feel too overwhelming. All around us, people are dealing with unexpected events, friends and loved ones moving away, shifts in employment and much more. Through it all, it can be an easy first instinct to emotionally retract and socially isolate; however, we can help people through their most challenging times just by letting them know how much we care. Whether it’s your neighbor, best friend, roommate, partner, family member or even a stranger, taking the time to show others your appreciation pays dividends for both the giver and receiver. Learn these four simple ways that you can show your appreciation to others to get started:
- Feed the Soul — For me, my mom’s chicken pot pie recipe is my absolute favorite comfort food. When I was a little girl, she would make it for me any time I was sad or upset. Each time, any weight would lift off my shoulders immediately with the very first bite I took. Similarly, cooking a meal for someone can display a deep level of personal affection. Even if someone is going through a challenging time and wants to be alone, you can always whip up their favorite dish and leave it at their front door for a surprise treat. This simple gesture can make the biggest impact on others by showing your appreciation for them.
- Leave a Note — Finding a sweet handwritten note where you’d least expect it can not only brighten someone’s day, but also show that you are thinking of them often. Places like the bathroom mirror, car, lunchbox or even a front door can be a fun, heartwarming surprise for friends, family members or even a stranger. You can even encourage the recipient to write a note to someone else, so the good deed will be passed on like a chain reaction and make impact on a larger group.
- Call, or Leave a Voicemail — Nowadays, we are learning the importance of human interaction more than ever before due to social distancing restrictions brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. Though text messages are often the quickest form of communication, actually hearing a loved one’s voice over a phone call or voicemail is far more personalized and real. For that reason, taking the time to call someone can go above and beyond when it comes to showing your appreciation for others.
- Make a Playlist — Music is one of the most popular ways humans express and cope with emotion. If you’re a big fan of music, make a playlist for someone you love, and make sure to tell them that the collection of songs remind you of them. Focus on uplifting or loving songs with lyrics that are positive and caring, and include a personalized message for an extra personalized touch! You never know who they will share the playlist with, too — and what kind of impact that can have on the larger world.
It is often said that “big things come in small packages,” and making impact is no exception to that rule. Practicing everyday acts of kindness, no matter how small, will make lasting impact on the lives of those around you.
What are some ways you show appreciation for others? Share with me in the comments below, then read more about how making impact benefits both the giver and receiver.