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Why Being Kind is a Brilliant Career Move

May 9th, 2014 by Hale Dwoskin

It’s said that the person who sows seeds of kindness will have a perpetual harvest, and this could not be truer. Being kind, though typically thought of as a self-less act, is not always entirely altruistic. Kindness actually has many benefits for the giver, as well as the taker, and this includes in the area of your career.

Case in point: a new study by Christy Lleras, a University of Illinois Assistant Professor of Human and Community Development, found that high-school students whose teachers rated them as conscientious and cooperative were earning more than their less-kind classmates 10 years down the road.

Lleras found that such social skills were as important as test scores for success in the workplace.

“You could argue that the reason these behaviors matter is that kids who display them are more likely to obtain a college degree and in turn have higher earnings. Certainly that is part of it, but even after I controlled for educational attainment, there were still significant effects,” she said.

Being kind and friendly always gets you ahead, but this is especially true in challenging times, when many people are scared and frankly “darker” and grumpier. Someone who is kind amidst troubling times shines like a ray of sunshine, and people, including your employer, will take notice.

The Benefits of Kindness for Your Career

The Washington Post recently ran an excellent article titled ‘Workplace Success Starts With Civility.’ In it the experts explain that kindness leads to resilience, problem-solving and ‘a place where growth and creativity flourish.’

If you’re a manager, listen up, the American Management Association reports that people who work for kind bosses are more likely to put out “maximum effort at work” than those with mean managers.

Being kind to others is not only a great career move, it’s great for your own personal well-being. When you are kind to others you tend to be kind to yourself. Treating others with human kindness and respect is a wonderful way to live your life.

Many scientific studies confirm that acts of kindness result in significant health benefits, both physical and emotional, including:

  • Improvement in stress-related health problems
  • Increased sense of self-worth, happiness and optimism
  • Supports the health of your immune system
  • Decreases the awareness and intensity of physical pain
  • Reverses feelings of depression, hostility, isolation and helplessness
  • A euphoric feeling known as a “helper’s high,” which comes after doing a kind deed

It can easily be argued that these benefits will make it easier for you to perform well on the job, increase your productivity and likely shed some joy onto your colleagues as well, all of which will contribute to your career success.

What to Do if You’re Not so Nice

Most of us won’t admit to being unkind, but perhaps you know you’ve been on edge lately, more irritable than usual and ready to snap at anyone who looks at you in the wrong way. Getting rid of those negative, not-so-nice feelings is easy when you use The Sedona Method to overcome your emotional blocks and barriers.

If you’re feeling an emotion other than kindness or caring this is not a problem. Treat these other feelings simply as feelings. Remember, all feelings are just that — they’re not facts and they’re not you and you can let them go. If you’re feeling cranky, angry or irritable know that you can make the decision to let go and be relaxed, happy and kind again.

The Sedona Method guides you into the process of letting go so that anytime you’re feeling irritated, angry, sad or mean-spirited you can release those feelings.

The more you get in the habit of letting go of the feelings that prevent you from acting from a place of kindness, the better you will be received by everyone and the happier and healthier you will be.

You likely know someone in your life right now who is always helpful and kind. You probably also want to be around this person as much as you can. This also translates into the workplace. If you are that kind, helpful and conscientious person, your manager, employer, or customers will always want to have you around, boosting your career success and job security through the roof.

-Hale

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