Let me share with you one of the most effective techniques for enhancing the well-being of those around you. I'm talking about a gift, but it doesn't involve money. It's the gift of appreciation. It's knowing how to give thanks. Let me explain.
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I'm a struggling piano player. I can put together a few simple chords and a couple of melodies that are recognizable as songs. The other day a colleague commented that he enjoyed listening to my musical efforts. Now he knows and I know that I shouldn't give up my day job. Nevertheless, his acknowledgment of my efforts was an incredible gift.
It made me stop and think about how often I may have missed an opportunity to thank or praise someone. So the tip for the day: Tell those around you how much you admire them or appreciate their efforts. If everyone would give thanks, the world would be a better place.
Nov. 15, 2011