Lesson from Valentine’s Day

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Dear Editor:

As all of us know, Saint Valentine’s Day is a time that we set aside to recognize those who we regard as being meaningful and special in – and to – our lives.

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Extrapolating the meaning and spirit of Saint Valentine’s Day to our everyday lives, recognizing and thanking those who make a difference, who go the extra mile, and who make worthwhile contributions to our community reinforces communication, cooperation, collaboration, and commitment. Dale Harbison Carnegie, noted author and lecturer, said it best: “People work for money; but go the extra mile for recognition, praise, and rewards.”

Indeed, a little “thanks” goes a very long way. Saying “thank you” for a job well-done has a profound impact. “Thank you” and showing appreciation are among the best methods to improve confidence, competence, engagement, and motivation. Without doubt, a simple, meaningful “thank you” gives people a tremendous amount of encouragement to keep up the good work and to keep getting better.

So, in the true spirit of Valentine’s Day, recognize and praise – show sincere appreciation – to those that go the extra mile.

Remember, when thanking or praising someone: “Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.” (William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1).

Praise and thank people for all the right reasons, and truly mean it.

John Di Genio