How often have you stopped to smell the roses and by the way, the saying refers to living in the present and is not all about smelling the roses next to you on the table? It is important that we each appreciate the current moment and even make a list of things that we are thankful for. Of course, you could question why but the fact remains that most of us have this tendency to take our loved ones, including our current circumstances for granted. The one lesson that none of us ever seem to learn until it is too late is that nothing is permanent in life. Our loved ones, from our parents, our grandmothers, to siblings, will not always be around to help us out in our time of need.
This is why it is important to appreciate all the big and small things in our lives; after all, showing our appreciation to the ones that we love only serves to validate that emotion and should help strengthen it further. It is the little things that matter a lot, so you just need to take a moment to sit down, do some introspection, write a list of all the things that you are thankful for and start showing your appreciation for the same. For example, if you want to show your appreciation to your wife, then you can start by telling her the same. It may seem corny, but this very act should further strengthen your relationship further. And the recipient of your affections would definitely reciprocate in kind, so make a point to show your appreciation at the earliest.
You could always cook your better half some dinner and get her some flowers; that should help set the mood, in more ways than one. Moreover, appreciating the finer things in your life should serve to highlight the fact that you are indeed lucky in more ways than one. You could tell your mother how lucky you are that she is still around, and tell her that you love her. That should definitely make her day. Appreciation is all about appreciating the people around you and your very act of expressing affection should serve to validate your relationship and take it to a whole new level.
Doing so should start a cascading motion as you become more of an optimist. When you are expressing your appreciation to your loved one, keep it short and natural; all that your loved one wants to hear is what you feel deep in your heart. The value of an honest appreciative action can go a long way in cementing any relationship, even one that is fraught with all the usual fights and hostilities. Just remember to keep the message direct, to the point; no one wants to hear a long-winded appreciation message so keep it short. And even get her a few things just to show your appreciation, and remember that all she wants to know is what is deep inside your heart.