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Displaying happiness and well-being: strategy #5

The power of emotions in our organizations and its impact on engagement

Imagine a world in which there was no opportunity to be rewarded for great work.  No opportunity to feel loved or respected as a human. No opportunity to have your mood enhanced through kindness and appreciation.  As humans we need these powerful well-being enhancers produced in the brain.  They promote happiness, well-being, and a general good mood. 

The absence of happy chemicals actually promotes an attitude that can create a depressed mood, crankiness, or just overall apathetic behavior: 

  • Cortisol is the primary stress hormone that increases glucose in the bloodstream, enhances the brain's use of glucose and increases the availability of substances in the body that repair tissues.

  • Low serotonin levels in the brain can lead to anxiety, irritability, and sleep disorders that are normally associated with depression.

  • Reduced levels of norepinephrine can lead to fatigue and a general depressed mood


Imagine then how this state of frustration, negativity, and even pain impacts your organization overall.  Is your organization suffering from a lack of happiness? Have you considered how it may be impacting your customers, other team members, your operations? What is your role in promoting engagement through your role as a leader to display happiness to your team?


The good news: there is simple solutions to help with employee engagement and a culture of overall well-being, it’s called the daily DOSE.  Well-being neuro-chemicals – or the daily DOSE include the following:

  • Dopamine: the reward chemical

  • Oxytocin: the love chemical

  • Serotonin: the mood chemical

  • Endorphins: the pain-killer chemical


There is a direct connection to a state of well-being and employee engagement and a culture of commitment, in which your employees have marked increase to your bottom-line. Displaying happiness and well-being within your organization can make the difference of an energized team sharing happiness and creating buzz!  Strategy #5




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