When I was talking with doctors about stress in medicine, many who were struggling said that they didn’t feel appreciated, that they felt like a cog in the system.
The doctors who were thriving on the other hand did feel appreciated.
Now, while I didn’t go and observe all these doctors at work, I did ask them how much they expressed their appreciation for others when going about their doctor jobs.
The ones who were struggling often gave answers to the effect of, “If they don’t appreciate me, why would I appreciate them?”
The ones who were thriving were more likely to say, “I look for any opportunity to show my appreciation.”
Interesting, in order to feel appreciated it’s more important to give it than to receive it.
That makes sense though, doesn’t it? If you give appreciation you are expressing gratitude, and gratitude has been shown to increase our own sense of wellbeing, our sense of appreciation.
Try it, show your appreciation to everyone you can. I guarantee that you’ll feel better, that you’ll feel more appreciated, and I imagine that people will express their appreciation to you too.
At a minimum you’re more likely to get a generous serving at lunch!
When we want something, we are taught to visualise that thing, to focus on that image, until we have it.
There’s almost never a completely clean run.
Sometimes wonderful things take you by surprise, they open a new door.
Have you ever moved into a new house and seen something that needed fixing and thought “I’ll get on to that soon”?
Humans are tribal.
As humans we have an insatiable desire to explain untoward events so we can get on with solutions.
In any field, most of the rewards go to the top 5% of people.
I say please to Siri.
If a turkey were to assess the state of the world in early December, they would be forgiven for thinking all is well and that the farmer loves them.
We often compare today’s performance relative to yesterdays.