Summary: Definition of Appreciation. Appreciation is a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive. The systematic study of gratitude within psychology only began around the year 2000, possibly because psychology has traditionally been focused more on understanding distress rather than understanding positive emotions.
“Be happy with who you are and what you do, and you can do anything you want.”
~ Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
He who praises another enriches himself far more than he does the one praised. To praise is an investment in happiness. The poorest human being has something to give that the richest could not buy.
~ George M. Adams
To be loved and trusted by those who know us best is life's greatest compliment.
~ Jack Anthony
Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, ‘Make me feel important.’ Never forget this message when working with people.
~ Mary Kay Ash
There are two things people want more than sex and money…recognition and praise.
~ Mary Kay Ash
Accept yourself. Love yourself just as you are. Your finest work, your best moments, your joy, peace, and healing come when you love yourself. You give a great gift to the world when you do that. You give others permission to do the same: to love themselves. Revel in self love. Roll in it. Bask in it, as you would the sunshine.
~ Melody Beattie
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense out of the past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
~ Melody Beattie
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
~ Robert Brault
You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
~ Leo Buscaglia
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
~ Joseph Campbell
Every day, tell at least one person something you like, admire, or appreciate about them.
~ Richard Carlson
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
~ Dale Carnegie
Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.
~ Carol Channing
All that is worth cherishing begins in the heart.
~ Suzanne Chapin
Appreciation and gratitude are a must if you choose to become the architect of increased happiness and your own fulfillment.
~ Doc Childre
No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
~ Calvin Coolidge
Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.
~ Margaret Cousins
Do not save your living speeches for your friends 'til they are dead; do not write them on their tombstones, speak them rather now instead.
~ Anna Cummins
In many ways we were drugged when we were young. We were brought up to need people. For what? For acceptance, approval, appreciation, applause.
~ Anthony de Mello
That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.
~ Emily Dickenson
Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
~ Isak Dinesen
I hope I have given back half the joy music has given me.
~ Placido Domingo
To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - that is to have succeeded.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
You are not a beggar at the table of life. You are the honored guest.
Why are women immobile? Because so many feel like they’re waiting for someone to say, ‘You’re good, you’re pretty, I give you permission’.
~ Eve Ensler
Anything in life that we don't accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it.
~ Shakti Gawain
When someone does something well, applaud! You will make two people happy.
~ Samuel Goldwyn
Find the good – and praise it.
~ Alex Haley
When you are praising, when you are appreciating, when you are acknowledging value, when you are looking for positive aspects, when you are laughing, when you are applauding, when you are joyous, when you are feeling that feeling of appreciation pulsing through you, in those times, there IS NO RESISTANCE within you. You are, in those moments, vibrationally up to speed with who you really are.
Here is my wish for you and every other child, woman, and man on the face of the earth: Spend one week saying only kind, caring things to yourself. Say thank you at least ten times an hour, direct five toward yourself and five to the world at large. Compliment yourself (and others) each time an effort is made. Notice all the wonderful qualities and characteristics about yourself and those around you. One week. You will never go back. And your whole life will be a glorious meditation.
~ Cheri Huber
The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.
~ William James
The applause of a single human being is of great consequence.
~ Samuel Johnson
One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched out human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
~ Carl Jung
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Hell is not fire and brimstone, not a place where you are punished for lying or cheating or stealing. Hell is wanting to be something and somewhere different from where you are.
~ Stephen Levine
If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.
~ George MacDonald
The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow into their full potential. If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond our wildest dreams.
~ Sidney Madwed
Brains, like hearts, go where they are appreciated.
~ Robert S. McNamara
Be a good-finder. Try to catch people red-handed in the act of doing something right.
~ Bob Moawad
Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift – there is nothing small about it.
~ Florence Nightingale
Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.
~ Christiane Northrup
Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom while discouragement often nips it at the bud. Creativity is now something we can turn on and off like a faucet. It is an experience and expression in our lives that must be nurtured. This nurturing process means that creativity is at once a skill, an art, and a life-style.
~ Alex Osborn
I bring you the gift of these four words: I believe in you.
~ Blaise Pascal
Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.
~ Mary Anne Radmacher
I am so glad you are here. It helps me realize how beautiful my world is.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
~ Carl Rogers
Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.
~ John Ruskin
Gratitude helps us to return to our natural state of joyfulness, where we notice what's right instead of what's wrong. It makes us feel complete, that we have everything we need, at least in this moment.
~ M. J. Ryan
Down deep we really know our worth, but we don’t have easy access to that knowledge. We need to hear praise coming from outside ourselves or we won’t remember that we deserve it.
~ Barbara Sher
Look at everything as if you were seeing it either for the first or last time.
~ Betty Smith
The art of life isn't controlling what happens, which is impossible; it's using what happens.
~ Gloria Steinem
You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.
~ Jom Stovall
When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living.
Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free-and worth a fortune.
~ Sam Walton
I celebrate myself, and sing myself.
~ Walt Whitman
Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. Joy is not necessarily what happens when things unfold according to our plans.
~ Marianne Williamson
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
~ Marianne Williamson
I live in the space of thankfulness – and I have been rewarded a million times over for it. I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased. That’s because what you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life.
~ Oprah Winfrey
The rainbow comes and goes, and lovely is the rose.
~ William Wordsworth
We live by admiration, hope and love.
~ William Wordsworth
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