We’ve lived through the appreciation of housing prices and their depreciation. While the dollar depreciates, gold appreciates. It’s an up and down world. But what about people?
How well do we appreciate?
According to dictionary.com , appreciation is “the act of estimating the qualities of things and giving them their proper value.” On the reverse side, depreciation means “to decrease in value due to wear and tear, decay, decline in price, etc. ”
If we apply those meanings to the people around us, are we value builders or value breakers?
I attended a conference years ago, headed by financial guru Ron Blue. He taught about portfolios and people. He stated, when we tear people down or devalue them, it’s like writing a check. When we build up people and display their value, it’s like making a deposit. If we want strong ongoing relationships, we must deposit more than we write.
According to studies conducted by UC Davis, grateful value builders show higher levels of life satisfaction, vitality, and optimism while displaying lower levels of depression and stress. They demonstrate emotions one might associate with happiness, while not denying or ignoring negative aspects of life. How do they do it?
5 steps to an appreciative life:
1. Make a habit of being thankful every day. Find something or someone to appreciate.
2. Write it down or vocally express the thankful thoughts. Make it your own, not just a concept.
3. Help others. Getting your mind off yourself helps you to appreciate all you have. Otherwise, you will get caught in the whirlpool of your own fears and opinions.
4. Nothing and no one is too little to appreciate. Starting small can be less intimidating and equally as valuable.
5. Start by thanking God. Even if you’re simply glad to exist, it’s a start.
For me, this appreciation builds as I think of you, dear readers. I understand and appreciate why the Apostle Paul wrote this to friends in the town of Philippi, “I thank my God every time I remember you.” (Philippians 1:3)
I, too, thank God for each of you and your kind hearts.
My choice today:
Seek something or someone to appreciate.