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Being generous with our praise and appreciation May 27, 2014

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Gratitude.
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As we make progress with our programs of personal growth and development, we will have increased internal resources to help others – to be generous with our emotional and intellectual capital.

Just as our own self-esteem and personal/self-identity becomes built on a more solid foundation, so too can we help others in their personal journeys of fulfillment.

We all have the capacity to be generous and appreciative of others, and we all feel a sense of appreciation towards what others have done to help us at various times in our lives.

But too often we do not take the next step of telling people who have assisted us how much we appreciate what they have done for us.

It can be doubly sad to read “tributes” to people after they have died.

“A truly kind, generous, and selfless individual” and similar comments given in condolence statements are worthwhile, but how often are those sentiments expressed towards the individual while they were alive and could enjoy receiving our words of praise and appreciation?

We all need recognition; we all want to be noticed; we all want to be appreciated.

Why not tell people today how much you value them?

Now is the time when your note, phone call, or personally delivered words of praise can resonate

Ego management and the role of gratitude October 7, 2012

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Ego Management, Gratitude.
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One of the tendencies of our ego is that it often focuses on what is wrong with our life situation, rather than recognizing the positives.

This is frequently an automatic default setting of the ego.

To manage this tendency we need to consciously think of the positive areas in our lives that we should be grateful for.

This does not mean developing an exaggerated super-positive attitude in which we try to convince ourselves that we do not have any problems in our lives. Rather it’s a matter of creating recognition that there are balancing factors involving good circumstances.

You might want to take a few minutes from time to time and write down a half-dozen of the numerous  aspects of your life that you are, or should be, thankful for.