Appreciation

When appreciation is someone's top need, you like it when someone recognizes your accomplishment or effort—especially noticing the things you have done—and shares their thanks.

You might especially like to receive certificates, medals, or trophies that represent your contribution or accomplishment.  You might feel loved when you hear things like, "You did a terrific job!  Thank you for working hard and pitching in with the project," or, "You played a great game last night!"

It is important to know the difference between giving appreciation and meeting the need for approval.  Approval means recognizing someone for their character—the kind of person they ARE.  Appreciation focuses on recognizing a person for what they DO.

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