Acknowledgements Matter….How Many Will You Offer Today?

Do you find yourself pleasantly surprised and moved when someone acknowledges you for something? In this context, when I say moved, I mean struck in a positive way by what the person said.

Recently after she arrived home from work, my wife, Linda, made a comment to me in the kitchen. She said, “I liked our time together this past weekend”.

I agreed with her and we talked about it briefly. I left the conversation secretly feeling a bit lighter!

As I thought about it later, it was easy to understand why she felt that way. We had spent some satisfying time together making progress on various house and yard projects, we ventured out on a long bike ride together and we enjoyed the movie, The Help.

Although the weekend was outstanding, her choice to verbally acknowledge how she felt is what has really stuck with me since. It’s an important reminder that acknowledgements matter…… home, in the workplace, everywhere.

Acknowledging others isn’t hard, but it’s a habit that requires some nurturing and attention to put into place.

For me, the skill of acknowledging others is a never-ending work in progress. Here are some tips that I’ve found helpful along the way:

  • Pay attentionSimply noticing the people and the world around you is the starting point for identifying great opportunities for acknowledging others.
  • Choose to always be looking – This tip fits the old adage, “Don’t be surprised if you find what you’re looking for.” In my experience, once you choose to find opportunities to acknowledge others, they’ll start showing up in all areas of your life.
  • Seize opportunities when they show up – I’m getting better at acknowledging others in the moment when the thought occurs. This is certainly the most efficient approach, but for me the thought and the action often happen at different times. As a result, I always keep Post-Its handy for use in capturing my thoughts.
  • Act on your good intentions – How many times have you thought a good thought about someone, but failed to share it with them? For whatever reason, this step seems to be the toughest for people, me included. My best advice is to push any worries aside and simply follow Nike’s lead……Just Do It!


“Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men’s souls, and a beautiful image it is.” Blaise Pascal (Writer)

Question: What positive acknowledgements will you offer today to a family member, to a friend, to an employee or to a coworker?