December 28 is not officially appreciation day, but since we have just passed Christmas, and are nearly at the beginning of a new year, it seemed like a good time to stop and have some appreciation for what we have. The synonyms that lists for appreciation are: acknowledgment, gratitude, recognition, thanks, gratefulness, indebtedness, obligation, testimonial, and tribute.

Let’s look at them individually.

  • Acknowledgment. How often do we actually stop and acknowledge the good that is happening around us, or the people in our lives? The first step in appreciation may be just stopping to pay attention to things and friends and family. I especially appreciate my family this year, who took me in when other plans fell through and I had nowhere to go.
  • Gratitude, thanks, gratefulness. This is such an obvious part of appreciation, showing gratitude for the good things in our lives. With Christmas just past, I am especially grateful for that time of year.
  • Recognition. This is very much related to acknowledgment. We give recognition to those who have been so important to us, both currently and in the past.
  • Indebtedness, obligation. These are less pleasant words, for often we do not want to feel an obligation or indebtedness to others. And yet where would we be without the help we have received from family, friends, and others in our lives. It is a day to appreciate those who have helped to make us who we are today.
  • Testimonial, tribute. Here are two words that are much more formal than the others. Have you ever written a testimonial or tribute for someone? I’ve done it for a friend and father who died, but wouldn’t it be lovely to do it for someone still alive, so they know how we feel now.

I hope you find many things to appreciate today.

Quotes about appreciation

The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.–G. K. Chesterton

Appreciate what you have, accept the blessings waiting for you to need them, and above all – realize that Source from which it all comes.–Michael Rawls

Appreciation can make a day–even change a life, Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.–Margaret Cousins

Appreciation, not possession, makes a thing ours.–Marty Rubin

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the gratefully and appreciating heart.–Henry Clay

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible–the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.–Virginia Satir

I believe that appreciation is a holy thing – that when we look for what’s best in a person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does all the time. So in loving and appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something sacred.–Fred Rogers

I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.–Elbert Hubbard

It’s possible to have too much in life. Too many clothes jade our appreciation of new ones; too much money can out us out of touch with life; too much free time and dull the edge of the soul. We need sometimes to come very near the bone so that we can taste the marrow of life, rather than its superfluities.–Joan Chittister

Mankind will not perish for want of information, but only for want of appreciation. The beginning of our happiness lies in the understanding that life without wonder is not worth living.–Abraham Heschel

Nine-tenths of wisdom is appreciation. Go find someone’s hand and squeeze it, while there’s still time.–Dale Dauten

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