Audio: Get High on Kindness [Time – 5:14, File Size – 4.9 MB]
“The positive effect of kindness on the immune system and on the increased production of serotonin in the brain has been proven in research studies. Serotonin is a naturally occurring substance in the body that makes us feel more comfortable, peaceful, and even blissful. … most anti-depressants… stimulate the production of serotonin chemically, helping to ease depression. Research has shown that a simple act of kindness directed toward another improves the functioning of the immune system and stimulates the production of serotonin in both the recipient of the kindness and the person extending the kindness. Even more amazing is that persons observing the act of kindness have similar beneficial results. Imagine this! Kindness extended, received, or observed beneficially impacts the physical health and feelings of everyone involved!” — Wayne Dyer in The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way
It’s simple: Wayne Dyer’s The Power of Intention is part of my everyday life. And for good reason. He weaves together the profound with the everyday and manages to leave you stimulated with your own ideas about how to apply his concepts in your life. For example: The simple, yet profound, idea from the quote above means that with a little practice (i.e., real, thoughtful practice… actually generating and encouraging small acts of kindness) you can create an entire project team or organization of high-on-serotonin, happier people. Wouldn’t that be great?
Reflect on these questions:
- Is there kindness in your workplace? Where and how does it manifest itself?
- How might you extend more kindness toward your project stakeholders and project team?
Ask your team:
- When was the last time that someone on this project extended a kindness toward you? What happened? How long did it resonate with you?
- How about trying… just for one week or so… to find ways to extend a kindness toward someone on the project team?
Project Manager Challenges
- Look for opportunities to extend small acts of kindness toward members of your project team.
- Observe and quietly praise the acts of kindness that your team members extend toward each other… and you.
- Quietly suggest ways that team members might extend kindness toward each other.