Happiness Evangelist

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Stop To Email

Emailing allows us to get work done quickly with people across cities, across buildings, across work-stations (J), across geographies.

However, without the emotional signs and social cues of face-to-face or phone interaction, it’s more possible to be misunderstood.

Also, mindless emailing overstuffs everyone’s inboxes.

Let us try Mindful Emailing. With a few mails during the week. Or all of them.

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  1. COMPOSE an email.
  2. STOP to take one long deep breath. Pay attention to the breath. (count of 5 on the inhale and 5 on the exhale, if you like)
  3. THINK of the person to whom the email is going and how you want them to receive your message.
    1. Could they misunderstand your words and become angry or offended?
    2. Are you being more positive than you intend?
  4. LOOK at the draft email again.
  5. OBSERVE how you are.
  6. CHANGE it if appropriate.
  7. PROCEED – send your email

Happy Emailing 🙂

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The Harmony of Life

In music, harmony creates a deeper, blended sound.

In art, harmoniously interacting colors are visually pleasing.

In life, relating to others with compassion and love allows us to align with more beauty and grace.

Harmony is the state that results from ‘making friends’ with realistic people and situations.

It helps us find ‘goodness’ in every person and situation.

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We will then:

**Live With Acceptance

**Live In The Flow

**Be Happiness Evangelists


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Be Nice

 

In a study called ‘Project Aristotle’, Google wanted to know the secret to building a productive team.

Their data-driven approach concluded that the best teams:

  • respect one another’s emotions; and
  • are mindful of one other.

It has less to do with who is in a team; rather it is about how the team interacts with one another.

At the heart of Google’s strategy is the concept of ‘psychological safety’ a model of team work in which ‘members have a shared belief that it is safe to take risks and share a range of ideas without the fear of being humiliated’.

In 1989, Stephen Covey said the same thing in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: members of productive teams take the effort to understand each other, find a way to relate to each other, and then try to make themselves understood.

Harvard professor Amy Edmondson in her study concluded that psychological safety boosted performance in teams.

Google now describes psychological safety as the most important factor to building a successful team.

In short, just be nice.

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