Part of my last ever assembly at FPS focused on the simple word “appreciation”. The dictionary definition of Appreciation is “the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.” If someone does something nice for us, it can give us a feel-good moment that can bring a lot of positivity to the rest of our day.
Let’s imagine what would happen if we took the time to thank that person, whether face to face, by message or through a thoughtful gesture. Thanking someone reflects the positivity back to them and creates a wonderful domino effect for everyone around us.
So, why should we show appreciation? Appreciation is a great way to brighten someone’s day, but there are many more reasons why we should show appreciation to others.
Showing appreciation can:
- help us to feel valued
- bring happiness to others
- bring happiness to ourselves
- build trust and respect in our relationships
- increase our effectiveness and productivity
- help us to value the good things in our lives
It can often be helpful to consider how we might feel if someone showed appreciation for something that we did. This leads us on to how we can show our appreciation.
There are many ways in which we can show appreciation, and it doesn’t matter how big or small the gesture is.
With all this in mind, we took time to reflect and appreciate everything we have experienced this past academic year. So many achievements, so many joyous moments and so much fun. Speech Day was a true celebration of this and I am glad that so many of you were able to join us last Saturday. My thanks also to Gus Burton for his powerful message which resonated so well with everyone there.
As Jill, Phoebe, Freya and I finish our time at FPS, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to the whole Felsted community as we step back back and appreciate what we have been a part of these past years-we are incredibly grateful for everything and will take some very special memories with us to Dubai. It is an incredibly special place which will continue to flourish and I wish everyone the very best of summer breaks and futures.
Garde ta Foy