Keeping a ‘Holiday Mindset’ Year ‘Round

Research has validated that when we make efforts to care for others, particularly when we are in need ourselves, our resilience and personal health risks are positively impacted and mitigated. In fact, studies also have shown that when we engage in acts of kindness by reaching out to others, endorphins and serotonin that increase our sense of wellbeing are released in the pleasure center of the brain. These chemicals detox our brains, bring healing to our body, increase our motivation and clarity, and those factors can help us, in turn, to more successfully manage our lives.

I am not proposing efforts to help others as simply a way to feel better about ourselves or a sort of charitable happy hour or a way compensate for our good fortune. Rather, it is an acknowledgment that we are wired to find benefit in showing value and care for others, with the unintended consequence of getting what we give return.

As Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Businesses owners around the country are starting to experience an awakening of these ideals by realizing that employee attraction and retention go far beyond compensation packages and benefits, extending philosophically to the affinity and sense of connection that an individual or their family feels to the community where they live. We first saw this surface with the insurgence of community work centers that catered to many employee needs including creativity, wellness, nutrition, family care, health care and more in the Silicon Valley startups of the 1980s. Radical at the time, engaged leaders recognize a business’ purpose and team building should be strengthened by far more collective and individual service to the community than a day on a ropes course.

Taking It To the Street

One of many organizations to take this value to heart is Christian Care Ministries (CCM), which employees 350 in Melbourne and 700 nationwide, administering their MediShare program to over 400,000 members. Each year, they host a “Day of Sharing.”

Their event this year occurred on October 3 and “is one of the most rewarding activities for our employees. Though this year we are taking extra precautions, like social distancing, face masks and most of our work will be outdoors, we will deploy 300 volunteers to serve 15 non-profit organizations in Melbourne,” said Dr. Stephany Eley who is CCM’s Civic Outreach Liaison.

On this day, volunteers were deployed to assist organizations addressing myriad health, environmental and socio-economic issues, including coastal waters, human trafficking and more. In addition to the collective sense of purpose CCM’s employees and their families experience on the “Day of Sharing,” personnel receive up to three paid days a year to serve places of worship, ministries and community organizations throughout the year.

Doing Good Things

Many organizations have been encouraging and facilitating this type of community engagement for decades. Whether it is serving on a nonprofit board, teaching a class for Junior Achievement, mentoring a student, packing backpacks for the Children’s Hunger Project or building a home with Habitat for Humanity, the possibilities are endless and the rewards, well, eternal.

A sense of unity emerges when this sort of work is encouraged and supported. You may even begin to notice a more motivated workforce that looks at their community, and fellow employees, with more compassion and more understanding.

If you are a business owner, engaging in this sort of program for your company will lead to surprising benefits for you and your employees, especially if you encourage giving from the heart as much as giving from the pocket.

UP LOOK

Give, and it will be given to you. A good portion—packed down, firmly shaken, and overflowing— will fall into your lap. The portion you give will determine the portion you receive in return ‐Luke 6:38

This idea of giving back or giving before you get back, is not a new trend; it is an ancient principle awaiting discovery by every generation. This is key to a fulfilling life, which also will enrich the lives of others.

If you are a business owner, engaging in this sort of program for your company will lead to surprising benefits for you and your employees, especially if you encourage giving from the heart as much as giving from the pocket.

Eric Wright
President of Publishing at | Website

Eric Wright is an innovative leader, dynamic speaker and published author. He turns complex principles into simple and practical life applications. For over 25 years, Eric has taught leadership and management seminars on four continents, served on various economic development and visioning councils, and authored hundreds of published articles and three books.

As President of Publishing at SpaceCoast Magazines, Eric oversees the production of business and lifestyle journals, along with numerous specialty publications. Through these journals, Eric offers entrepreneurs and business leaders a trusted voice connecting communities across Florida and the US.

Eric and his wife, Susan, live in Indialantic, Florida, and have three married sons and four grandchildren.