The Power of Appreciation

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My intention with each of these posts is that you’re challenged to interrupt the noise and routine in your life, just for a moment, to think more deeply about what really matters in life… your relationship with yourself and with others in your professional and personal life.

Action Summary

  1. List what you truly appreciate about your professional and personal life
  2. Formulate ways to show your appreciation – especially for the relationships you have in your life

The WHY:

What are the things that you truly appreciate in your life? What things do you just take for granted that are providing you with happiness, a sense of joy, comfort, pride, love, warmth, excitement, safety, possibility, positive challenge, or feeding your creativity?

In other words, what are the things (including who are the people) you sometimes forget to appreciate?

Here’s an easy task that research has shown 1 can help you feel more positive about your professional and personal life – especially in times when things aren’t going to plan.

Take time to reflect and make a list of what you’re grateful for in your professional and personal life. Reflect on how you could show appreciation for what you have?

This easy task, when revisited from time to time, can be a great source for boosting more confidence for self-trust, more courage to trust in others and more combined competence and character that’s required to earn others’ trust.

Let me conclude with this quote from John F Kennedy who said:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

John F. Kennedy

My best to you for now and remember when you intentionally improve the life of others in your professional and personal relationships, you set up the power of reciprocity … what you give out, you get back.

  1. Sonja Lyubomirsky, The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want
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