Mr. Rogers was a staple for an entire generation of children. From his cozy sweaters (each one knitted by his own mother) to his familiar sneakers, Mr. Rogers showed kids what it meant to be a good person in a world that was sometimes too big and confusing.
And did he know what he was doing. Mr. Rogers advice transcends age. Watch just the last minute of any episode and Mr. Rogers will provide you with the key to improving any relationship in your life whether it be with your spouse, kids, parents, friends, co-workers, supervisor, even a stranger on the street.
He ended every show with this simple statement: “You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.”
Mr. Rogers knew that deep down inside, we all want to feel appreciated for who we are. To be appreciated means that we are important, that we matter, and that we are worthy. There’s nothing more powerful to growing relationships, or more destructive to them when it is absent, than appreciation.
When we appreciate one another, it truly is a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
A Team Human Conversation
Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.
- Describe a time when you didn’t feel appreciated. How did it impact the relationship?
- What are some ways to show appreciation? Which do you prefer?
- What can your team/organization do to promote a culture of appreciation?