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Appreciations could be the easiest fix to happiness.

I know that seems too simple but think about how good it felt when someone appreciated something about who you are or what you do in the world. Perhaps you can even think about a time that you gave someone a specific compliment about them. How did you feel knowing that the other person felt seen and validated because of something you said to them?

Appreciating the people around us can help us feel more connected, more positive, and often happier. Telling people directly specific things we appreciate that they do for us gives the receiver a gift as well as the giver. Studies show that the more we focus on and appreciate what is in our life – the happier and more content we are.

This month, try to create a new habit that can increase your happiness at the same time as impacting others in a positive way.  Appreciate people in your life on a daily basis. Appreciate them in specific ways- how they look, some thing they did for you, or what they do for others. Take time to notice how it feels to give appreciations and how you feel when you are appreciated.

About Deb Dusansky

Deb has been a Jewish educator for over 20 years directing and teaching children, adults, and families. She is currently the director for Boulder Stepping Stones, an independent family education opportunity for interfaith and Jewish unaffiliated. Deb has been in private practice for over 14 years counseling individuals, couples, and families. She specializes in spiritually centered counseling.

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