Good mental health matters because it’s fundamental to our sense of wellbeing.
One of the five evidence based NHS principles to step away from stress and build on mental well-being is GIVING
Giving makes us happy – it’s part of our make-up. Research shows that when giving, the area of our brain responsible for pleasure is ignited. Scientists believe that it promotes a release of endorphins, responsible for promoting positive feelings. This has links to help improve nervous and immune system function. Researchers go so far to say that giving, improves overall health and wellbeing.
Giving also promotes co-operation amongst teams. Positive exchanges promote a sense of trust and strengthens ties to each other. Trust for many of us is a fundamental part of effective communication and teamwork. Giving, whether you are on the giving or receiving end, promotes feelings of gratitude. Researchers have found that this is a fundamental component to the happiness factor.
HOW DOES GIVING HELPS IN A WORK CONTEXT?
A giving culture encourages open communication and creativity. If research shows giving improves health and happiness, who wouldn’t want this at work?
HOW TO ENCOURAGE GIVING AT WORK
- As a business you are in a unique position to give something back to a cause. By involving the entire company in this could create a goodwill culture. By making it contagious – creates a sense of happiness and purpose
- Your team members will feel motivated and valued when positive feedback is received. This reinforces their individual position and how their contribution adds to the overall company success
- Give team members your complete time and attention – it is easy to get caught up in brief email exchanges. Your team may have great ideas with their own perspectives and experience. Give them your time face to face and listen.
- Give your team members time.
- Give credit when it is due. Your fellow team members deserve praise and encouragement
- Consider volunteering your time outside of work for a worthy cause. The sense of gratitude directly impacts your self-esteem and even your stress levels.
Research shows by cultivating gratitude in everyday life is one of the keys to increasing personal happiness. “When you express your gratitude in words or actions, you not only boost your own positivity but other people’s as well,”