By Stephanie Ciccarelli
July 26, 2009
Last week I talked about how you can change the world with your voice.
There's some even better news... you don't have to stop there!
You can also change the world when you show gratitude to others and encourage them to continue their good works through random acts of kindness.
Find out more about how to do this here at VOX Daily.
Do you know what it feels like to work hard at a what may seem like a thankless job?
We all have moments when we feel as though no one cares about what we were doing when feedback is not forthcoming, regardless of how grateful people truly are.
The reality is that people are overwhelmed with information, by advertisements, and can barely get through their day achieving what needs to be done in their own lives let alone keep up with the constant stream of activity and chatter online to engage with other people.
Like other bloggers, sometimes I feel discouraged when there aren't as many comments on an article as may have been expected. While I can track page views, subscribers to the blog, links coming to the VOX Daily, and how many people have shared my articles through channels such as Twitter, nothing quite beats hearing about what people think in terms of how it made them feel.
Positive feedback encourages people to continue and inspires them to keep at it.
This is why it is so important to be a fan, a cheerleader, or an encouraging force to help lift others up and remind them that what they are doing is of value and has made a difference.
à¹ Email 1 person per day to encourage or thank them for their hard work and contributions
à¹ Send an appreciative handwritten letter to someone you admire
à¹ Comment on a blog post and thank the author for sharing their insight
When you reach out to someone and share what's on your mind or in your heart it means a great deal to the person you are connecting with.
Each day, I make an effort to comment on at least one blog to show my appreciation and join a discussion. For you it may be something different like making a phone call, sending a letter, or even commenting on someone's Facebook status or giving a thumb's up to a posted item.
When I receive emails from people along those lines and let me tell you, it makes you feel valued, appreciated and validates what you've put out there for people to benefit from.
Can you relate?
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