Can we create an Oxycontin pandemic by appreciating people?

By Sandeep Kulshrestha

We are in August 2017 and the world seems to be a busier place with people spending most of the time at work. Not all work on a five day week work structure and there are Asian counties including Korea, India, Philippines etc where people work longer hours than their counterparts in Europe/Americas. So, what do we do to bring cheer to people who are working hard and doing the best they can? The answer is simple, praise them! When we praise people, the hormone Oxycontin, also known as a “feel good” hormone gets activated and it helps all of us in our communications with people and reduces stress.

It should also be noted that the stress causing hormones take more time to come out of our system and oxytocin levels deplete rapidly and they need constant refill. Judith E Glazer and Richard E Glazer mention this in the article The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations that when we face criticism, rejection etc, our body produces higher levels of cortisol, the hormone that effects rational thinking and induces stress. A simple praise, a pat on the back and showing that you care uplifts the levels of feel good factor

Hence, through this post, I encourage all the readers to choose three adjectives for an individual who is close. He/She can be from your workplace, your friend, a spouse or a partner. For example, you have a colleague who is friendly and kind hearted. You can use the adjectives like #kindhearted #spirited #warm for that person. You may do it on her social media profile or write a handwritten note to show your appreciation and gratitude. Let it begin and create a pandemic of spreading happiness!

You can find some examples of great adjectives at this link

So, what are you waiting for?

Sandeep Kulshrestha works with Individuals and groups as a coach/facilitator and helps them unleash their best and ideal selves. He can be connected on twitter or through his website

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