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PAUSE -12.03- Can You Shine A Little Light In The Dark?

REFLECTION:  In the last few weeks, the media has been very generous with coverage of my latest book, Press Pause…Think Again. A couple of morning TV shows, and several newspapers ran features. Many clients, colleagues and friends sent along their congrats.

However, one of the most treasured comments came from my Mom, who by phone and via Facebook made a point of saying, “We’re proud of you.” Even after all these years, hearing those words from one of my parents still has a profoundly uplifting effect on me.

I’d hazard a guess that appreciative comments have a positive effect on you, too. Especially so, when they come from someone whose opinion you value.

There is something validating and uplifting about others taking an interest in what is happening in your world, shining a little light in your direction, and taking the time to let you know you’re on their radar.

Research supports the positive impact of showing an interest in others and expressing appreciation. The single highest driver of engagement, according to a worldwide study conducted by Towers Watson, is that workers feel their managers are genuinely interested in their wellbeing. Marcial Losada discovered a high ratio of positive to negative comments in high performing teams. John Gottman observed the same positive ratio in flourishing marriages.


ACTION: If you want others to know that you care about their well being, then tell them why you value their presence (who they are), and how you value their contributions (what they do).

It’s mid week already. Who could use a word of two of appreciation from you today?

What will you say? How will you deliver the news?


QUOTES OF THE WEEK: There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I don’t care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause. – George M. Adams

Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul. – Attributed variously to each of these folks: Jessie Irwin John Maxwell, and George M. Adams. (Maybe they all agreed!)


RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: Check out this helpful article on ‘The ROI On Genuine Appreciation’.

If you’re curious, here are links to recent print and television features on Press Pause…Think Again.


READERS WRITE: In response to last week’s message, Insights For The Road Ahead, Pause reader LE suggests a sixth item to add to the list of potential regrets: “I wish I had written down my thoughts, my advice, my life learnings for the generations that will follow.”


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Appreciation, Life Balance, Pause E-zines

4 Responses to “PAUSE -12.03- Can You Shine A Little Light In The Dark?”

  1. Ruth Goudreau

    Congrats on the great article in the Star Phoenix.

    Your newslettes are always inspiring and much appreciated.


  2. Pat Katz

    Thanks for the kind words, Ruth. My readers make the effort all worthwhile! Pat

  3. Nancy McNeil

    It’s been many years since I first met you at CAURA national. I want you to know that I treasure reading Pause. Taking time to read Pause is like finding a moment of sanity in an often insane work schedule. Please keep up the great work!
    “Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul” is a beautiful quotation which I will share with my colleagues.

  4. Pat Katz

    Nancy, lovely to hear from you. I remember the CAURA Conference – almost a decade ago now. So glad you are still enjoying the Pause ezine. It’s hard to believe the e-zine itself is in its twelfth year. Hope all is well at Simon Fraser. Warm wishes, Pat

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