Why is May the Time to Appreciate Appreciation?

Why is May the Time to Appreciate Appreciation?

May is the official month of appreciation for some of the important people we take for granted throughout the year. In addition to Mother’s Day, the month’s most famous (for good reason) and popular appreciation day (especially among mothers), May includes, National Teacher appreciation Week, and Military Spouse Appreciation Day and most poignantly: Memorial Day. This year, the month of May also plays host to national Blame Someone Else Day on Friday the 13th. While it’s a nice ace to have up your sleeve, it’s hardly the kind of appreciation people like to receive. People like to be appreciated. William James, the well-known psychologist and philosopher, said, “The deepest principle of human nature is a craving to be appreciated.” Whether or not it’s the very deepest principle of human nature, you cannot deny that when you’re appreciated, for anything, it’ll put a smile on your face and an extra bounce in your step for the next few hours. Blogger Todd Smith writes, that “When you express your approval or gratitude for something they have done, you will not only enhance their lives, but you will enrich yours as well. You will feel more fulfilled because you have done something to make someone else’s life better.” I’m sold. Believe it or not, your patients also possess human nature, and as such, they crave appreciation. And just as someone who craves ice cream will enjoy inhaling a tub of Ben & Jerry’s no matter what the flavor, even you can enhance your patients’ lives by showing appreciation for them and their patronage. I don’t mean thanking them for their credit card payment, rather by recognizing and appreciating the fact that they chose you...