What are you thankful for?
As this New Year begins, we encourage you to go beyond what THINGS you are thankful for, and rather consider what PEOPLE you are thankful for! Believe it or not, you are on someone else’s list!
So, how do you show that special someone that you truly are grateful for them? Did you know that it is proven (based on studies by Dr. Gary Chapman) that different people have different appreciation languages? In other words, how you receive something may be accepted differently than if you did that same gesture to another. Finding a person’s appreciation language is important if you want to truly show them your full and genuine care for them.
Here are the 5 Levels of Appreciation:
Words of Affirmation | Showing appreciation for this particular profile includes speaking your gratification, which can be out loud or through a note or email to the person. Saying “Thank You” or giving encouraging words to this person will go a long way!
Acts of Service | Showing appreciation for this particular profile includes taking the time to help with tasks that take up their time. Showing genuine interest in making this person’s life easier is a heartfelt action for this person and will not be taken for granted.
Receiving Gifts | Showing appreciation for this particular profile includes going out of your way or thinking of this person while on a shopping trip and bringing them back a special gift. The gifts are not about the price tag on the item, yet about the thought that turned into an action that means the most to this person.
Quality Time | Showing appreciation for this particular profile includes spending the day or any great amount of time with them. This profile finds that they get to know people genuinely through time spent and enjoy most activities, as long as they have someone to enjoy them with.
Physical Touch | Showing appreciation for this particular profile includes a hand on the shoulder or a hug in their time of need. This profile is most fulfilled when a person has enough courage to physically touch them, which is how they know the connection is genuine.
There are a great amount of people who share a combination of appreciation languages, yet knowing what way they receive your appreciation the most is important to the gratitude given and the gratitude giver.
In case you need some help showing appreciation, use the power of cookies at each level of appreciation to show your attitude of gratitude. Here are some creative examples below:
- Words of Affirmation.Decorate a cookie bouquet with a special message or use our Sweet Emoji cookies to tell your story of true appreciation for that special someone.
- Acts of Service. Give your person a “cookie break” and help them with something on their to-do list.
- Receiving Gifts. This is a given! A cookie gift is the best kind of gift!
- Quality Time.Share some quality cookies and spend some quality time with someone special.
- Physical Touch.Give a cookie and a hug to your loved one and show them that you truly appreciate them!
Either way you choose, enjoy your cookies, but most importantly, appreciate the people around you! You can take the language quiz at http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/appreciation/. Then order your cookies from our Cookies by Design online site!