3 questions to ask yourself for a more meaningful Valentine’s Day.
My husband and I started our relationship on St. Valentine’s Day 17 years ago. Last weekend we went to celebrate by going out to a nice restaurant. We sat at the bar and ask for a cocktail and as we were talking I noticed a nice question written with chalk on one of the walls of the bar: When was the last time that you felt something for the first time?
This question triggered me to remember our most precious memories as a couple, but also made me reflect on other areas of my life such as my career, friends and family by asking myself 3 meaningful questions that I want to share with you:
- When was the last time you were feeling “in love” with your work?
Many of us spend long hours at work. Some of us are completely in love and engaged in what we do. If you are in this category, take a moment to be grateful for having this opportunity and use this energy to transfer your passion into everything you do as well as to motivate yourself to overcome challenges.
Some others on the contrary might feel trapped doing something they don’t like. If this is the case, it is time to take action and start thinking how could you transition to a more meaningful job. You always have choice that with adequate planning and execution can lead to a better outcome. In the mean time, try to find the positives of your situation, it will help you to release some stress and have a creative mindset to look for other opportunities.
“Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.” – Jim Rohn
- When was the last time you acknowledged the good work of a colleague?
Successful leaders acknowledge the good work of their team members and celebrate success, even small accomplishments. Whether you are a team leader or a team member, take a moment to mention to some of your colleagues what you admire of them. By doing so, you can inspire others to do the same and create a collaborative and positive environment.
“Compliment people. Magnify their strengths not their weaknesses” – Unknown
- When was the last time that you said “thank you” to a friend or family member for her/his constant support?
We are captured by our busy schedules trying to get as much as we can in a single day. It is easy to take for granted those people that are constantly supporting us. Sometimes we even find it easier to de-prioritize those we love most. Stop for a moment and give a big thank you to those important persons in your life such as spouse, friends, siblings, and/or parents that have contributed to who you are.
“Gratitude is the most beautiful way to express all that’s in your heart with two words: THANK YOU. -Katarina Mayer
It is important to ask yourself these sorts of questions regularly and not only on St. Valentine’s Day. Grateful people are happier!