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#WithLove – Why Appreciating Others is Good For You

As the year comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on how far we’ve come. We hardly journey through lives on our own. There are people who have been there for you through and through, and it is time for you to take the time to appreciate them.

Here are 5 reasons why appreciating others actually benefits you.

  •  You become happier.

Being grateful and nice to others can really boost your mood. You don’t even have to go out of your way to get an expensive gift. A few kind words can be powerful – Let someone know that you appreciate them. Besides, that person will probably be happy to hear you out, and they just might be glad to know that they have made an impact in someone’s life.

It sounds selfish, but you can appreciate others to be happier.


  • Your relationships improve

When you practice gratification, people tend to like you more. Studies actually show that people are more grateful have a better social capital. Appreciating others makes you nicer, more social and more trusting. These qualities will help you make more friends and deepen your existing relationships.

Appreciate others - Improve your relationships
Appreciate others to improve your relationships


  •  It boosts your career

Saying thank you will help build your network. Appreciate someone at work to develop a better professional relationship. When you do this you increase your chances of tapping into others connections, and it will help you get mentors and even proteges. You will be making your work environment an even more friendly and enjoyable place to be.

When you learn to appreciate others, you improve your ability to network.
When you learn to appreciate others, you improve your ability to network.


  •  Enhances good personality traits

Saying thank you makes you recognize other people’s strengths without being envious. You become less self-centered and more optimistic for good things. It also boosts your self-esteem because you’re more capable of appreciating other people’s traits without feeling like you lack your own good traits.

When you have nothing to be grateful for you will focus on the negative.


  •  It improves your health

Remembering to be grateful for everything in your life can boost your health. You will be able to sleep better, because you go to bed without anxiety or worries. You will also have more positive emotions. When you feel appreciative of others, you release feel good hormones which are known to be good for one’s health.

Appreciating others alleviates stress and makes you more relaxed.

So who do you appreciate today?

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