Appreciative Living Articles

What is Appreciative Living?

Appreciative living is about embodying the Appreciative Inquiry principles in everyday life. It was first presented in the book, Appreciative Living by Jackie Kelm. It is suggests we can create real joy in our lives by focusing on, asking questions about, and creating mental pictures of what’s right, what’s working, and what we want most. While it is based on the principles of Appreciative Inquiry, in also includes constructs from Positive Psychology, living-systems theory, neuroscience, Positive Psychology, and other strength-based approaches. There are three basic steps in Appreciative Living: 1. Appreciating What Is. 2. Imagining the Ideal. 3. Acting in Alignment. For more information, check out the articles below.

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Physical/Emotional Health

Better Health is Only 7 Questions Away. Thoughts and considerations on learning to appreciate what’s good about your body, and questions for expanding health in ways that bring you more of what you want.



Eight Questions That Will Transform your Marriage or Partnership. Questions to ask that will build love and connection in an existing relationship.


Jackie did an experimental Appreciative Parenting blog for a short period of time, and you can view the posts here:

Finding What’s Right with Your Child. Article from the February 2006 edition of the Appreciative Parenting Newseltter

Articles on the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings for Appreciative Living

“Walk the Talk: The Principles of AI in Daily Living” Published in The AI Practioner: The International Journal of AI Best Practice. Feb. 2006. This pdf file provides a high-level overview of the concepts of Appreciative Living.

Summary of the Appreciative Inquiry Principles Taken from the book Appreciative Living. (3 page Adobe PDF download). This is a very brief, high-level. bullet-point summary of the principles of AI.

The AIA Process. The Appreciating-Imagining-Acting (AIA) process was created to help apply the principles of AI in everyday life. This two-page overview includes a downloadable PDF version.

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Jackie Kelm
The Joy Engineer
Appreciative Living, LLC
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"The exercises soon became a wonderful part of my day, setting it up in a positive and grateful way that carried throughout the day.

When I am running late and do not do them, my day seems to be off track and full of challenges."

Rita D., Ashland, Ohio

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