The Importance of Showing Appreciation: 10 Good Reasons To Show Appreciation

Why appreciation matters so much.
The Importance of Appreciation

Showing appreciation to other people


We all need to know that we’re important in other people’s lives. We really need to be noticed and valued — in private and business life. Why do I believe that it is so important to show appreciation? Because…

The Importance of Appreciation

Why appreciation matters so much


At least in Germany, the term esteem degenerates into a buzzword; today it is used inflationary and is seldom meant honestly. Although appreciation is often confused with praise and recognition for achievements, real appreciation goes much further. It regards colleagues as human beings who are valuable because of their abilities, personality and uniqueness. Regardless of their position in the company, each employee has enormous potential in different areas.

Respect, recognition and benevolence are a part of appreciation lived. Appreciation is characterized by interest, attention, devotion and friendliness.

Appreciation is a fundamental human need in both professional and private life. We want to be appreciated with what we are, what we do and what we achieve. We all need to know that we’re important in other people’s lives. And we really need to feel that we are appreciated — in private in business life. It doesn’t matter whether your office is a boardroom, classroom, or anywhere else. We all want to be noticed and valued. Appreciation is at the core of all healthy relationships. Most of us feel like we don’t get enough appreciation. Did you know that one of the main reasons people leave their jobs is because of a lack of appreciation? It’s demoralizing when you’re not recognized for your efforts and skills. There are a lot of people who do things for you every day. Employees, colleagues, family, and friends are expected to do their part. Do they know that you appreciate them? Let others know that you appreciate them.

Why do I believe that it is so important to show appreciation? Because…




Appreciation is powerful. 10 good reasons to show appreciation


Appreciation is the act of giving something or someone their proper value, and everybody has value. The value in a relationship is important because it lets a person know where they stand, and what they mean to you; appreciation is a way of letting that person know what you value. There are plenty of powerful benefits to the recipient and giver as well. Here are a few examples.




Apply appreciation to your relationships in business and private life and you will…


1. … make others happy.


Appreciation is a fundamental human need in both professional and private life. We want to be appreciated with what we are, what we do and what we achieve.



2. … make yourself happy.


When you express your appreciation for someone, you will not only improve their life, but yours as well. You will feel more fulfilled because you have done something to make someone else’s life better. It will change your mindset. Our mood and daily outlooks change when we focus on positive things rather than negative.




3. … boost moral.


Appreciation boots moral. It has the largest effect on trust when it occurs immediately after a goal has been met, when it comes from peers, and when it’s tangible, unexpected, personal, and public.




4. … motivate others.


One of the easiest and most effective ways to motivate others is by appreciating them. When you praise or appreciate someone, it indicates that you have recognized their effort. It may encourage them to go the extra mile. Giving recognition inspires greatness in others.



5. … build trust in relationships.


Gratitude makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. As a result, it helps us make more friends, deepen our existing relationships, and improve our marriage. Those who express appreciation with others are more committed to them and more likely to stay in the relationship.




6. … show respect.


Respect is an essential ingredient for healthy relationships.




7. … deepen your relationships.


When you look for the good instead of the bad in the surrounding people, you begin to notice just how interesting they are. You will engage at a higher level. It will accelerate the relationship building process and enhance their overall impression of you.




8. … see more clearly what counts.


Your focus change and will be more positive.




9. … see more innovative results.


Employees who recognize their team members experience a huge increase in innovation.




10. … increase your effectiveness.


Giving appreciation has a direct impact on results. For example; employees who give or get appreciation experience a huge increase in work results.






Go ahead and thank someone for something they’ve done for you. It costs you so little, but it might mean the world to the other person.

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How about taking the time to appreciate someone today? And do you know how to appreciate yourself?

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  1. That is so true.


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As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  John F. Kennedy

This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

Published: March 21, 2001
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: August 13, 2019
Translation: August 13, 2019
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