In this article, we’ll examine the environments in which we live and work, taking a moment to reflect on how they make us feel. We’ll also consider how to create explicit moments for practicing reflection and helping us make meaningful work. This need not be work that is saving-the-world meaningful, but simply work that is personally meaningful.
Consider meaningfulness in connection with this definition of behavior: “The way in which one acts or conducts oneself, especially toward others.”
Who makes us feel the way we feel and why?
How does the environment play a role?
Do we have an explicit role to play in our environment?
How can we create an environment that thrives, and why is this important?
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