Be sure to appreciate and acknowledge those around you who make a positive difference in your world. Appreciation and acknowledgment goes a long way and encourages people to like you. If someone gives you a gift, acknowledge that gift, fully take it in and genuinely appreciate the gift. Appreciate and acknowledge the story behind the gift. And don't reciprocate too fast. If you reciprocate too fast or, even worse, offer and insist on paying for the gift, you have just turned a gift into a transaction and in effect are refusing to deepen your relationship with the giver. The receipt, appreciation and acknowledgment of the gift is what makes the gift powerful in building relationships.