Written by Lara Mikocki.
Having worked in various organizations with a blur of different personalities, I began to become fascinated with the important art of getting along, and the behavioral science behind it. One of the returning pieces of advice we are given when working with others is to be generous and giving, more recently promoted by organizational psychologist Adam Grant in his book Give and Take. Many studies show that being kind to others can actually make us happy in a number of different ways, from strengthening connections to mood boosting. We know that being generous or cooperating with others lights up the striatal regions of the brain, which is linked to the reward system, such as enjoying nice food. Being kind not only can make us feel good, it also promotes collaboration and productivity in a workplace. But, I began to wonder how we can be kind, without getting depleted? By looking through research papers, I have found 4 ways to do this: set boundaries; be in a kindness-rich environment; be kind to yourself first; and help in areas that energize you.
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