Why Being Kind is Good for your Health and not just your Karma



According to research conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), the correlation between better physical and mental health was due to employees feeling valued. Professor of psychology and behavioural economics, Dan Ariely provides evidence that the workforce is motivated by meaningful work regardless of how tough or time consuming it is. Here we look at how simply being kind is all that is required to keep the workforce motivated.

1. Happier Workforce

As well as staying motivated it has been reported that doing a single kind act a day leads to less anxiety and stress. Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D. a psychology professor leads major studies into this area. Her work has found that being kind in returns makes us feel happier, optimistic and increases self-confidence. This in turn leads to a better working mood and handling of work loads. A Study by York University suggests how by telling participants to behave more helpfully towards each other and in a considerate manner, they felt a considerable increase in self-esteem and happiness. By increasing such practise around the office, the benefits, as the research shows would mean a happier and more positive workforce.

2. Creating better workplace relationships

A study conducted by the university of British Columbia found that by carrying out kind acts like holding the door open, buying a friend lunch, or helping someone with a task can all lead to an increase in the persons personal mood. This accumulates into a greater feeling of relationship satisfaction in groups and therefore better working relationships in the workplace. Author on a number of books on the ideas of Kindness Dr. David R. Hamilton Ph.D found that Kindness increases trust and enhances the bond between people. By cooperating together, we are in a better and more stronger position to do well collectively. So next time you are asked to help out, don’t say no as Dr. Hamilton “we are wired for kindness”.

3. Increase in Job Satisfaction

It is in the companies interest also to keep the workforce satisfied. A detailed online study by the APA showed how employees who felt valued and their handwork acknowledged are less likely to look for work else where. This links to feeling engaged at work, job satisfaction and motivation to carry on. In a 2013 Ted Talk, behavioral economist Dan Ariely suggests the importance of meaningful work. Regardless of how time consuming or difficult it may be, through acknowledgement of just how much effort was given, the satisfaction felt is enough to motivate the employee.