A Kinder Approach To Employee Mental Health

It’s too easy to write off employee kindness training as wishful thinking, a soft skill, something better suited for a wellness retreat. But it could be a missed opportunity for great change.

If neuroscience is right, strategic kindness could be the most underappreciated and underutilized business strategy available to the workplace, especially for employee mental health, and at a time when it’s needed most:

Strategic kindness, in other words thoughtful, planned, and even ruthless kindness, can:

  • Dramatically improve employee mental health and reduce stress.
  • Improve engagement, motivation, performance, and productivity.
  • And perhaps most exciting of all, it may be the best strategy yet for encouraging teens to enthusiastically embrace mental health as a lifestyle choice.

Here’s The Big Idea

According to neuroscience, the most successful people at everything tend to be the happiest. Not that success made them happy, but the very opposite, the other way around. Happiness led to their success.

Happier people have more and better friends, they do better at work and career, they do better financially, they’re more creative and productive, and they live longer and healthier lives.*

Happiness and success are also great for mental health, and especially for taming stress.

And what’s the best path to happiness? Again according to neuroscience, it’s kindness. Kindness not only makes us happier, but it can help rewire the brain permanently.

So if you want the best from life, and the happiest life, focus on being kind.

It’s Great For Their Kids Too

And kindness may be the easiest way to talk to teens about mental health. Teen mental health was recently declared a national emergency, and there are few teens who actively seek out conversations about things like depression, anxiety, loneliness, or suicide.

But what teens don’t want to hear about things like friends, popularity, respect, better jobs, success, more money? If teens want that, or are at least interested in knowing more, they need to know that kindness is the best path there. And also that the best path to understanding kindness and happiness is to understand how the brain works. And sometimes, how it doesn’t.

Kindness could be the very best thing for employee mental health and career performance, And it could be the best idea yet to persuading teens to embrace mental health enthusiastically and forever.


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Interested In A Talk On This Topic?

Neal can provide a live, online, or video presentation on this exciting topic, including:

  • What neuroscience tells us about the power of happiness in success and mental health.
  • How kindness can make us happy.
  • How kindness works in the brain.
  • Creating a long-term kindness strategy. Here’s a hint – it’s OK to be selfish.
  • How to use kindness to help your kids embrace positive mental health.

Want to learn more? Email Neal at neal (at) justgetagrip.co.

* The Great Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.