UMBC Wellness in the Workplace

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February 2009: Offer acknowledgment for something you appreciate.

Who among us feels adequately acknowledged for who we are and our contributions? I would imagine many of us would answer “not me.” What if, instead of focusing on our desire for acknowledgment, we offer this gift freely to others? What is the gift for us in the offering?

Find something authentic to verbally acknowledge in your partner. Maybe it’s the fact that he/she made you coffee this morning, offered you feedback on a work project, or listened to you during a difficult time. Let your partner know what this gift means to you. How does offering this gift on an ongoing basis shift your relationship?