3 Great Ways to Show Appreciation This Mother’s Day

3 Great Ways to Show Appreciation This Mother's Day

A day shouldn’t go by without showing your mum how much you love her. But everyday life distracts us from what’s truly important and we leave things like that behind. When Mother’s Day comes, however, we have a strong desire to do something special to make the most important woman in our life smile.

If that sounds familiar, why not put some more thought in what you’ll do this year, to actually surprise her and remind her of how much she means to you?

Here are some creative ways to come up with the perfect way to show appreciation this Mother’s Day:

1. Treat her well for the whole day.

Start with breakfast in bed (meaning you may show up early without her knowing if you don’t live together) and flowers.

How you start your day defines how it goes, so she’ll be thrilled from the moment she opens her eyes.

What’s more, she’ll be sure that’s all there is to her surprise and will be ready to continue the day as usual. But you’re just getting started.

You can stay at home for the next few hours to clean the house and do some chores that have been put off for a long time.

Until it’s time for lunch, when you’ll take her out for a nice meal at her favorite place, and maybe a walk after that if the weather is nice.

You can also spend the afternoon together talking about things she enjoys or watching TV at home. In the evening, you may take her to the cinema.

That’s a lot of time and effort, and she’ll never forget it. What you yourself won’t forget, however, is how for the first time you’re seeing her smiling for that many hours in a row. And you’ll want to do that again soon.

2. Get her something nice.

She may always tell you not to get her anything, but a gift is a gift, especially when it’s given with love and on such a special occasion.

But don’t just get her the first thing you see in a store or online, or something ordinary, or which she’s already received in the past. That shows no appreciation and you’re putting no thought in it.

Instead, try to really think of something she actually needs.

Take a look at everything at her place and see what can be replaced with a newer one. Or remember what she’s been mentioning a couple of times during your last phone calls. She might have talked about something her friends have that she’d love to have too, or about a problem she has (for which there is a product to fix it), or else.

If you can’t come up with something meaningful and useful, jewelry is always a nice choice.

But again, don’t get her anything, simply because she’s not any other person to you.

Guessing what she’d love may not be easy, so why not take a look at her recent photos, or notice what she wears, or get something you think she’ll wear even if accessories aren’t her thing?

Be it a beautiful bracelet, or the right necklace for her latest outfit. If you’re in doubt, go for the simpler version, without too much color.

3. Create something special yourself.

Something every mother would appreciate, and a perfect choice for Mother’s Day, is a DIY gift.

You don’t need to be good at it, to have any special skills, or to invest a lot of money and time. It’s the attention that matters.

Here are some ideas:

  • make a scrapbook with old photos;
  • or a gift card;
  • create a simple web page that will bring back some nice memories and make her smile;
  • make a video of yourself wishing her something special, add some humor;
  • write her a poem and read it to her;
  • make a photo collage, print it and give it to her in a handmade frame;
  • try a spa gift.

This way you’ll also bring her back to your childhood, when you couldn’t afford to buy her anything, but only had your imagination so you worked with what you got. And still made her day.

There are many things you can do for your mum this Mother’s Day.

Having no time, ideas, or else won’t work as an excuse. If you do care, it’s your job to show it to her.

So what special will you do this Mother’s Day?

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How to Look and Sound More Confident

How to Look and Sound More Confident

We associate confident people with success. But does confidence lead to success, or does success lead to confidence?

It’s a bit of a chicken and egg scenario. But there is plenty of evidence to suggest that working on your confidence levels will indeed boost your achievements in the workplace.

The thing about confidence is that it works two ways.

On the one hand, exude confidence and your clients and colleagues will have confidence in you – self-belief is very reassuring to others!

In fact, for better or worse, the mere appearance of confidence can be more likely to get you a promotion than your actual ability! When you think of some of the dubious phonies who’ve leapfrogged you in the past, it kinda makes sense, right?

And on the other hand, confidence builds confidence within yourself. When you adopt the look and the sound of the self-assured, you begin to feel bolder on the inside. You take risks and put yourself forward for opportunities you might otherwise not have. You begin to work with clear, bold strokes rather than inching ahead in half-measures.

Great – so how to create that feeling? Well, in the long-term, you can use cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to deal with the underlying causes of your indecisiveness and lack of confidence. But in the short run, getting the aforementioned look and sound of self-belief is a fairly simple matter of adjusting the way you speak, listen, and move.

If you’re particularly shy, try starting with your hands.

Keep them out of your pockets.

Burying your hands in your pockets instantly gives the (possibly correct) impression that you are nervous or uncertain.

And even the (hopefully incorrect) impression that you are dishonest or lazy. Keeping your palms open and faced upwards is a way of opening up to those around you and exuding trust.

Likewise, a firm handshake of around two-five seconds communicates warmth and self-assuredness. A limp handshake, on the other hand, might create the impression that you feel out of your depth. And an over-strong handshake always feels like the giver is trying to prove something!

The next steps are to work on your eye contact and the way that you intone your sentences.

This can be a bit much to think about when you’re struggling with what you actually want to say. Which is why it’s best to start with the other stuff first.

But take it one stage at a time and you can gradually build a confident manner that will start to perpetuate itself by making you feel strong on the inside. For a full guide to the remaining tweaks, you can make to get that feeling, run through this new infographic from Poundplace.

 

Build your confidence back up, and success will surely follow.

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