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5 Ways to Use Appreciation to Create a More Satisfying Work Life

Diana Chapman
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September 9, 2015
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When we look at the world around us through the lens of appreciation we begin to experience a much greater sense of well being. Because to truly appreciate,  we must take the time to pause and acknowledge the full worth or importance of someone or something. This means we have to actually look in new ways to see all of the value, and in doing so, we experience a much more valuable world around us.

When we live with appreciation we likely will experience a greater sense of freedom and abundance, a deeper connection with others, and a sense of being more supported from the world around us.

As you go about your day, take time time to appreciate in the the following ways:

1.   Appreciate the physical conditions around you. What do you appreciate about the physical building you work in and the surrounding land? What do you appreciate about the technology that you use? What do you appreciate about the food you eat? Do you appreciate the comfort of the air temperature?  

2.   Appreciate the work that you are doing. What do you appreciate about the work you do? How does it make a difference in the lives of others? How does the work you’re doing allow you to express your greatest gifts? What do you appreciate about your salary?  

3.  Appreciate others you work with. What do you appreciate about each of the people who support you in being successful? How to they care for you in ways you hadn’t fully appreciated? What qualities do you appreciate in others that help you learn to be more well rounded?  Do you appreciate the little ways they tell you that you matter to them?

4.  Appreciate your well being. What do you appreciate about your own health? For example; your easy breathing, your strong legs that can move you around without pain, and your clarity of mind. What do you appreciate about the habits you practice? Do you appreciate the benefits you get from the organization you work for?  

5.   Appreciate the challenges. What do you appreciate about the irritating client? How do you become more successful at what you do because of them? What does the colleague that frustrates you have to teach you? Do you fully appreciate the gift they have to give you? How does the problem in the system inspire you to be more effective?  Have you fully appreciated that?

About the Author
Diana Chapman

Diana has been a trusted advisor to over 700 organizational leaders and many of their teams. Clients from Genentech to Yahoo! value her clarity, compassion, ferocity and playfulness. A well-respected facilitator for the Young Presidents Organization, Diana works with forums and chapters worldwide. She invites leaders to the edge while igniting the courage to leap into the unknown, the space where a bigger game of life awaits.