Yes, I am celebrating, after all it’s not every day you can say you have written and designed 100 blog posts. I am appreciating my skills, determination and persistence. It is a great achievement but I couldn’t have done it without You my friend!
Let’s face it – we all love and need a little appreciation for what we contribute and communicate in life. Right? I mean who doesn’t?
It is a healthy part of human recognition, of building your reputation and of learning to Give and Take. There are 3 big R words that come to mind.
-Respect – Recognition and Reputation-
Words that work together to drive you forwards on your journey to express yourself and to,
Be Heard, Understood and Believed and paid for it too!
-The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate – Oprah
I am sure you have noticed how it can brighten up someone’s day when you pay them genuine attention? When you give them a sign of your recognition for some work they did for you? Or contributed to a team effort? There are numerous studies on appreciation and gratitude within big companies. Check out this article about the positive effects of appreciation and what happens when there is a lack of it.
-There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread – Mother Theresa
In his extraordinary book, The Success Principles, Jack Canfield writes about the five languages of love.
1. Words of affirmation. The expression of gratitude through verbal communication.
2. Quality time. When you give your full attention to a person.
3. Receiving gifts. Well, who doesn’t love something in their hands?
4. Acts of service. When someone does something for you.
5. Physical touch. Hugging, holding and affection.
Most of us are a combination of at least a couple of the above. It is a good question to ask yourself and those around you. Which type of reward or sign of appreciation do you prefer? We are all unique and different and have numerous influences from culture, location and life experiences. Knowing your preferred “language of love” or what type of appreciation gets your mojo running high is a smart question to first ask yourself, and secondly your partner, friends and colleagues. That way you really can get to to the heart of appreciating a person.
I respond to actions and physical appreciation but I also appreciate thoughts presented in word form – or song!
So – as it is the 100th Blog Post (even if you have never made a comment before) please share with us all your preferred ways of receiving appreciation and gratitude.
I shall be offering 5 prices, one from each of the categories above, to show my gratitude for your attention and appreciation over the last 100 blog posts!
All You have to do is comment and tell us which of those 5 categories fits you best. You can choose as many as you want of course! All the prizes will fit exactly into those categories.
So get writing, spill the beans and reveal your language of love!
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Congratulations on the 100th post Georgia, would ypu believe I have juat bought 2 copies (spanish for the hubby, english for me) of the 5 Love Languages, can’t wait to read it. I love quality time, followed by words of affirmation. The only present I want is your presence. 💜
Ah Niamh, you know what they say about the first comment? Like the first Love! Thank you so much, for being a faithful follower. 🙂
From the opening of one of my favourite songs (Teardrop) by Massive Attack ‘Love, is a verb, love is a doing word….’, so I favour actions over words or gifts. Wrap me up in a blanket, warm me with a hug, experience a moment with no verbal communication, pick up the shopping, give me that LOOK. Words and gifts can be reassuring, creative and important if delivered right. But actions fit those words into place.
Oh Yes, Love is an action – verb! And you are Action Girl too! 🙂
From the opening of one of my favourite songs (Teardrop) by Massive Attack ‘Love, is a verb, love is a doing word….’, so I favour actions over words or gifts. Wrap me up in a blanket, warm me with a hug, experience a moment with no verbal communication, pick up the shopping, give me that LOOK. Words and gifts can be reassuring, creative and important if delivered right. But actions fit those words into place. Thank you for all your wonderful insights and hard work. Your wisdom is a gift of it’s own making!
Yes, wisdom is a gift and I am still developing it! 🙂 keep those words of yours rolling, you got style!
I commented almost all hundred blogs of yours. Until this last one and I´m sure continuing in the future, I appreciate and value your consistent effort to shed light on widely shared problems and your clear advises to solve them. I want to summarize my thoughts and gratitude for your works with this: Our appreciation is the cradle of others mutual appreciation of us. Which is often the core of our happiness. I´m genuinely grateful for you, sharing your experiences and persistence in your work to help others in their occasional quandaries.
My most loyal Commentor ! Dictionary says there is no such word. I have loved your comments over these 100 blogs and loved editing them too! The stimulation goes both ways! 🙂
Congratulations Georgia!! After I read your FB post it got me thinking about my kids. It turns out there is an online survey you can do for the 5 Language’s of Love for kids. They did it yesterday -Alfie likes Quality Time and Abigail Words of Affirmation. Made me really think about how I show them love ❤
Fascinating topic isn’t it Katherine? I like to think that our “preferred” language of love and appreciation changes during our life and on the type of relationships we develop. You haven’t revealed your preference have you? 🙂 I won’t know which prize to give LOL 🙂
I’m all about the physical affection. Give me a hug!! X
Not long now, I’ll be in the UK – Got a beautiful hug lined up for you !
Happy 100th blog! I’ve really enjoyed reading all your wonderful, wise and exciting words and looking forward to more to come! Your energy is so motivating and inspiring. And what a great topic…the language of love. I like the idea of quality, meaningful time perhaps with some physical affection and words thrown in there too!
Thank you so much Lara – I think we are quite similar in our language of love! 🙂