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Focusing on your relationships may be the best investment you can make in your health and well-being, and expressing appreciation and validation is a powerful approach to improving relationships. Healthy relationships rely on a ratio of at least 5 positive interactions and communications to every negative one. Offering someone validation for what they are going through, and appreciating what you value about them, will give them a boost, bring you closer together, and may even lead to reciprocation.

Activity: Choose someone within the Amherst community that you'd like to reach out to, and use this online form to offer word of appreciation and validation.


  • Appreciation gives you and the recipient a major mood boost
  • Strengthens relationships

If you’d like to dramatically increase your likelihood of following through on this activity, answer these questions in writing or out loud to another person.

  • How and when will you do this activity?
  • What might get in the way—and how will you address these obstacles?







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