We live by encouragement. Our deepest human craving is to feel appreciated. Without a sense of approval we die on the inside. People usually put forth more effort and try to do a better job when they live under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.

Sam Walton was an entrepreneur and businessman and is best known for founding the retailers Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club. He was a man who devoted his life to encouraging others. He and his wife worked to put the same principles into their own children. Walton once said: “Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”

Appreciation is something everyone can do. You don’t need a formal education to express appreciation. You do not need a large bank account to show appreciation to someone. Who do you know that can benefit from an encouraging word from you? Silent appreciation doesn’t do much. Open your mouth and let someone know the appreciation you have for them. That person will probably live up to your compliment.

© Barbara Wentroble