I recently read an article that stated, the happier we are, the more energy we have, the better we think, and the more friendships we develop. I guess I have a flood of energy and am able to think so clearly. Giving not only feels good, but research shows that it lowers your chance of depression, strengthens your heart, lowers stress, and can literally add years to your life.
Professionally, giving also offers several benefits. One study found that fostering positive social support at work raises productivity. Another study found that those who give at work (“work altruists”), and through professional association are far more engaged with what they do and are more often promoted, compared with colleagues who stay isolated while doing their job.
However, you probably do not need research to tell you that giving makes you feel good! Just think back to the last time you helped a colleague who was stuck with a problem, worked on a team, part of a volunteer committee, community association or took your assistant out to lunch. Giving boosts our energy in a way that nothing else can. We feel connected and engaged when we help others, because it reminds us of what it means to be human, at its best.
All this, in turn, comes back to us in ways we could never expect or predict. Giving creates a network of trust, goodwill, and good energy at work that can pay off many times over in the future.
Giving and kindness also have an important ripple effect, which is why one generous person can transform a team or an organization. The person you give to feels great about the help they received. This can create a desire in them to “pay back” that kindness to someone else. Much like ripples in a pond, one act of kindness can impact dozens, or even hundreds, of lives
The culture of an organization starts with the leadership. Make an effort to give regularly – you will love the results and can be the leader to change the culture of your organization. How about we all embrace a culture of kindness?
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