Monday’s Mantra: The deepest principle of human nature

Early Morning by Christine Hager-Braun

“The deepest principle of human nature is a craving to be appreciated.” – William James

We all enjoy being appreciated.

We celebrate Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Secretary’s Day and so on, yet we long for more than just being noticed once or twice a year because the calendar says so.

At the same time research shows that we feel happier when we make others happy. Let’s approach appreciation from this angle, by recognizing others first.

Smile at the cashier at the supermarket. Make eye contact with the barista when you get your morning coffee and ask her attentively how she is doing. Stop for the pedestrian trying to cross the road in the pouring rain. Leave a note for your child in his or her lunchbox and for your significant other under their pillow.

Small acts of kindness don’t require money.  All it takes is a moment of genuine interest.

What would make you feel valued? Pay it forward! In turn, you will be appreciated!

Wishing you a week filled with appreciation!

Christine