There is a holiday for everything these days, some fun, others informative, and still others to put into daily practice.

June begins with “Say something nice day.”

As return to the workplace continues, and change management is a constant, clear kind communication is critical.

Having that organic connection, and being attuned to the needs of people around you are specialized skill many refer to as Emotional Intelligence or EQ.

With burnout on the rise, the questions arise about workplace design will be impacted.

Work Design Magazine and Kari Smith from RSP Architects said it best:

“When you place employees in the center and treat them like the assets that they are, it goes a long way to supporting their mental health at work. ”

There is a lot of chatter about how communication styles and interpretations of the world vary amongst different generations.  The benefits of kindness are immune to these differences. It is a good reminder to lean into our communalities than dwell on our differences.

Bethesda Health notes that “Even small acts of kindness, such as sharing a smile or holding the door for someone, give your immune system a boost, making you more resilient and less anxious or depressed.”

Thoughtfully designed Senior Living communities are filled with warm welcoming rooms that encourage residents to gather and connect. Huffington Post notes on 5 beneficial Side Effects of Kindness.

“Our evolutionary ancestors had to learn to cooperate with one another. The stronger the emotional bonds within groups, the greater the chances of survival, so “kindness genes” were etched into the human genome.”

More than likely you will find yourself on the receiving end of some of this positivity. Remember it is important to graciously accept a compliment.

For many, our culture is steeped in humility. The Law of Jante is an exceptional example of its origins.

“Gratitude is the only acceptable way to acknowledge someone’s kind remarks. Sincere thankfulness won’t give off the appearance of pride or vanity. Instead, it shows you acknowledge a person’s recognition and appreciation.”  Huffington Post

So next time you are in a meeting, collaboration session, working with a guest, or a patient… why not try to pass along some positivity.

Here are 5 examples to get you started:

  1. I love the energy you bring to this space.
  2. Your insight is unique, and incredibly valuable.
  3. You present yourself so authentically, it encourages others around you to feel comfortable doing the same.
  4. You inspire me, your keen eye and organizational talents are remarkable.
  5. It is impressive how you manage your time so wisely; I could learn a lot from you.

Need more than 5? Check out The Greetable Blog.

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” —Dalai Lama