Reward yourself. No one will gift you your favourite perfume or offer to cook at the end of a tiring day or even make a cup of tea. You alone have to get it done. Treat yourself now and then when you reach a personal milestone or when you feel you have done something good.
Agreed that acknowledgment is one of the basic human needs and it feels good when people, especially your near and dear ones recognise your worth and applaud you for your accomplishments. But not everything happens the way you wish. And anyway, it's unrealistic to expect others to do something for you; you will only feel letdown if things don't work your way. You can never be sure - even your own folks including your parents/spouse/friend may or may not acknowledge you. But this shouldn't deter you from rewarding yourself for the little victories and joys in life.
Tiding over a major family crisis, the kids passing with good marks, accomplishing an arduous project, getting that much awaited promotion, your birthday or anything at all you feel worth celebrating - don't wait for someone else to do it for you.
If they do, well and good, but if they don't, there's no need to feel sad and and wallow in self-pity, wondering why no one cares for you or bothers to gift you. Appreciate yourself first!
(Guest Post by Smitha)
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