Appreciation: A Truly Humane Art

When you notice someone doing something terrific, tell them!

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The difference between appreciation and flattery? That is simple. One is sincere and the other insincere. One comes from the heart out; the other from the teeth out.
Dale Carnegie in How to Win Friends & Influence People

There is something wonderfully enigmatic about sensing that another person notices your efforts, weak attempts though they may be, and kindly expresses such recognition with even a single word of thankfulness.

One paltry word, even? Yes. A mere word can make or break a person’s spirit, depend upon it.

On any given day, individuals, young and old, from every life background have an inner (frequently unidentified) hunger for a bit of expressed goodwill. Dale Carnegie knew this secret over fifty years ago, and spent his life reminding others that all people have this need, a “craving” the author called it, to realize a sense of validation for their accomplishments, their purpose, their…

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