Appreciating someone, complimenting them or their work, makes a big difference.
I remember the last time I was complimented at work. It made my crummy Friday not so crummy, it made it great. I actually wanted to work more. And I remember when my partner complimented how I fold towels. Now every time we do laundry, I make it a point to fold all the towels. Actually, I fold the sheets and blankets, too.
Being appreciated infuses one with pride.
Not that we should be dependent on external drivers, but if showing appreciation has the power to make someone’s day, why don’t we do it more often?