I admit it – I’m a fan. If Sir Richard Branson were a rockstar [which he is in business terms of course!] I’d be at the concert, in the t-shirt, singing along – very loudly. The smile in this photograph is proof positive that following your passion and doing business in your own way, on your own terms brings more than just the tangible rewards of success.
In the Virgin Entrepreneur section of their website, Sir Richard poses the question, “Are Wellbeing and Happiness the Same Thing?” Well worth a read as he opens up the dialog on the responsibility that employers have towards the wellbeing of their employees. And as you read, maybe pose another question to yourself, “Where does contentment fit in?” The Merriam-Webster definition of contentment is:
1: The quality or state of being contented <There was a look of contentment on her face.>
2: The state of being happy and satisfied : the state of being content
3: Freedom from worry or restlessness : peaceful satisfaction
To us, achieving a constant state of happiness feels a little unrealistic, but achieving a general sense of contentment definitely feels possible.
Wellbeing, contentment, happiness – whichever concept works best for you – is good for business. Yes, really good for business. Positive people attract people, they exude energy and create an aura of the “possible”. Take a moment and think about the last person who made you feel really great in the course of your business day. We’ll wager that you came away from that encounter feeling re-energized and able to tackle that difficult challenge that you had in front of you. Pause again and recall the last negative person you encountered. Do the terms drained or exhausted come to mind? Tackling a knotty problem after an encounter with a relentlessly negative person is a lot more challenging …
There is hard science behind this – each person exudes a modest electro-magnetic field around them. Our brains are filled with millions of electrical responses – synapses – as we go about our days. It is possible – using training like The BrainEdge™ – to influence your own thinking processes toward generating positive energy.
Our 2 cents are that employers and employees have a responsibility towards achieving a sense of wellbeing, happiness or even contentment in their professional lives. At DYP our focus is Brain Health. A tricky subject as Brain Health is a lot harder to determine and track than physical health is. We believe that organizations can and should take actions that promote good brain health in the same way that they are required to protect the physical health of their staff. We also believe that in taking those actions productivity does improve, together with creativity and improved decision-making. All of these combine in a very powerful way to deliver tangible bottom-line results.
Take a look at Sir Richard Branson’s smile, check out the results of the Virgin Group companies – you know it makes sense!