Have you ever sent a referral, gift, card, or kind message to someone and they did not acknowledge it? Did they receive it? Did it get sent to the wrong address? Most of the time they received it but did not take the time to acknowledge it. Why is that? Do we hesitate because we think they want something in return? Or is it because we take their kindness for granted and believe that we deserved it? I am a strong believer that when you appreciate things in life you open the door to receive more of them.
Most people genuinely are kind because they like, love, and/or respect you. They want to show their appreciation for you and do something nice. Unfortunately, we are programmed to believe that if someone does something nice for us then they want something in return. When we view kindness with cynicism we place a limit on good things happening to and for us.
The other scenario occurs when we do not make the time to acknowledge their kindness. We are consumed with our schedules, to-do lists, and demands that we do not acknowledge the act. We are “so busy” that we take for granted that someone thought of us or went out of their way to do something nice. Even if you receive a thank you gift from a service provider, colleague, or client, it is still necessary to acknowledge the gift.
With today’s technology, it is easier than ever to send a quick thank you. You have the option to send a text, email, e-card, or my personal favorite a handwritten card. The thank you does not have to be long. It is as simple as acknowledging what you received and the result of the act of the kindness. Did you like it? Were you able to use it? Did they end up buying? Did you end up connecting? Whatever they case may be letting them know that you are grateful for the act.
I encourage you to celebrate what you appreciate. Do this and you will see more good things happen to you and for you.
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