Pre-Appreciation is simply changing the timing of when you say thank you. Instead of saying it at the end...or never- you simply say it at the beginning. The main thing to remember about Pre-Appreciation idea is that we are using gratitude to shift our thinking from "how can you serve me?" to "how can I make your life Better because we met?"
Pre-Appreciation has the power to change a common transaction into a real. human. connection.
Here are a few more ideas on how to incorporate Pre-Appreciation into your life on a daily basis.
Compliments: We live in highly critical world, make it a habit to shift from complaining to complementing. Anyone that comes your way, smile, find something good and then say it. "nice shirt", "you look great in that color", "I'm glad you're here today" could all be used. Try not to over complicate it. Just notice people.
School: Send a Pre-Appreciation Card to your kids teachers/principals at the beginning of school. (Possibly even once a month)
Business: Send a Pre-Appreciation note to the event organizer of a conference or event you're about to attend.
Employers: at the beginning of every day- mingle about your office and tell your employees "I'm glad you're here today- Thanks for showing up."
Association meetings send the guest speaker a Pre-Appreciation note for coming to your meeting. They may be coming on their own dime; a little pre-thank you goes a long way.
Restaurant: Pre-thank your server with a pre-tip and "thank you in advance I know you're going to do a great job."
Hotels: Pre-Appreciate with a pre-tip to your cleaning crew the first night that you stay instead of just at the end of your stay.
People that helps you with your bags -tip them at the beginning when you first meet instead of he end.
Family: Reunions- send a Pre-Appreciation note to let them know you are grateful for their effort. People need to know what they do matters. Be the one to spread goodness.
Home life: On your way home from work call ahead to let them know you're almost home- tell them thank you for all they did that day "I know you did a lot of things today that I probably won't notice- so I just wanted to say thank you in advance."
Ecclesiastical Leaders: send them a random note in the mail to say thank you- their calling matters.
Any person that you can think of that has a thankless job- be the one that thanks them and shows pre-appreciation.
It's more than a feeling or words, it's action!
Send more ideas or stories of how pre-appreciation has changed your life to firstname.lastname@example.org