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Saturday, May 2, 2020

How Can We Stop Feeling Taken for Granted and Underappreciated?

Human emotions are a funny thing, and the problem is that everyone has them.

Human emotions are typically the cause, when  misunderstandings occur between people. Emotions are a funny thing; sometimes they are justified, and sometimes we’re just being weird and over sensitive.

For instance, we may sometimes feel unappreciated by the people in our family and inner circle. You've probably felt that way.

In fact, don’t you sometimes feel like you’re being taken for granted? Of course you do! You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t.

Feeling Taken for Granted

It never ceases to amaze me how we humans can always see particular flaws in others, yet we fail to see the flaws in ourselves.

If I asked you to name just 2 people in your life that you feel take you for granted, you would probably start spilling names out of your mouth like an old fashioned slot machine!

Now, suppose I were to ask you to name 2 people in your life that YOU take for granted.

Unhuh! Now all of a sudden you have memory loss and no one seems to come to mind. Or maybe you’re just suffering from a case of “denial.”

Don’t feel bad; denial is another human emotion that we’re all guilty of at one point or another.

But the next time that you feel like you’re being taken for granted, ask yourself who YOU have taken for granted today, then, make it your business to go and do something about it!

Feeling Underappreciated

Feeling appreciated is something that every one of us longs to feel, whether we admit it to ourselves or not.

The key to feeling appreciated is learning to show appreciation for others, including ourselves.

That means you don’t have to wait around for someone else to show appreciation for you.

You can and should appreciate yourself. Do you feel appreciated by the people in your life?  Maybe they feel the same way.

Start Appreciating Others

During the current COVID-19 crisis, there has never been a better time to show appreciation for others, and stop taking them for granted.

Ask yourself, "How can I make people feel more appreciated, more important, more valued, and less alone?

One of the easiest ways to help someone feel this way is to take an interest in them. It doesn't have to take a lot of time, just a little genuine interest.

Do it, whether it's your family members and people in your immediate household, or a friend, neighbor or co-worker.

If the current corona virus situation won't allow you to show appreciation to someone in person, then find a way to reach out in some other way.

Stop and think about how sad it makes you, when you feel taken for granted and unappreciated. Now, go do whatever you possibly can to make sure no one else has to feel that way.

Not only will you make them feel good, but you'll help yourself feel better also.