I have always found Valentine’s Day to be one of my favorite holidays. It’s the perfect time to let people know you appreciate them, whether they are a mentor, colleague, friend, writer, subscriber…we all have many people in our lives to show our gratitude towards.
But I am a little worried. I’m sure you see the same emails in your inbox that I do. Stress levels are at an all-time high, almost equivalent to the height of the pandemic. Mental health and well-being are great concerns for our communities and workplaces.
I’m not saying that if we just show a little more kindness and gratitude, we can fix all of this. If only it were that easy. Perhaps during these times of isolation and uncertainty, we should pay close attention to the factors within our control, create change from the inside out. Do we have a culture of well-being? Are we staying on top of workload and burn-out? Are mindfulness classes offered? How are we structuring our virtual environments to deal with isolation and team building?
In addition to a thoughtful note this year, let’s make some real change. Is there a better time of year to start a new gratitude program than Valentine’s Day?
Thank you for being part of our Pipeline community!
I wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.
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