"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness.
Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." -Scott Adams
With all the madness, judgments, violence, hate, divisions, fear, intolerance and lack of trust in our country today, it's an opportune time for a metamorphosis in the way we interact with each other. None of us can change the entire country's tenor. In the words of Mother Theresa, "There are no great things, only small things with great love."
Rather than just being disheartened, angry, anxious and disillusioned, we think it's crucial for each of us to take action on something that's in our control. Contribute to a kindness revolution with small, intentional words and behavior.
We suggest that each of us start in our workplaces, where we spend the majority of our time in diverse groups. Often when we are working with groups, we'll mention, "Be kind, everyone has their own struggles," only to see the majority nod their heads in acknowledgement. We know how difficult it is to feel compassion when another's ideological viewpoint is significantly different from ours, yet we try to remember that we all have some commonalities by virtue of being human.
Because emotional contagion is real and powerful, what each one of us does matters. Look for behaviors and attitudes that please you. Kind or encouraging words or a heartening note takes very little time and effort and makes a vast difference.
A recent NBC study has shown that employees' attitudes, emotions and overall dispositions impact job performance, decision making, ingenuity, teamwork, collaboration, leadership and turnover. The 2017 Good Country Index, 2017 World Happiness Report and the 2017 Legatum Prosperity Index indicate that seven of the world's 12 kindest countries are also among the 12 happiest and most prosperous nations! Being kind is good for our emotional (and financial) well-being. See How to Consciously Amplify Kindness.
Go guerrilla in your workplace! "Be the change you wish to see in the world!" These times need you!
SMALL, YET MIGHTY!
Create a ripple
◾ Raise your own self-awareness; check the motivation behind your decisions, your words and behavior
◾ Actively listen with your ears, eyes and heart
◾ Ask someone how they are and really listen to the answer
◾ Intentionally look for actions that please you
◾ Look someone in the eyes and really see them
◾ Give feedback to others on their strengths and positive attributes
◾ Lend a hand to someone who is under a tight deadline
◾ Write a brief, yet detailed thank you note
◾ Find something positive (and honest) to say to someone you dislike
◾ Tell your boss what you appreciate about him/her
◾ Promote a collaborative environment
◾ Organize team-building activities
◾ Model the way and encourage others to practice conscious communication
◾ End petty criticism; cultivate generosity of spirit!
◾ Let go of a grudge
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