The Kindness Formula

In the last blog we took a brief look at how it could change our working environment if we included ‘random acts of kindness’ as part of our daily routine. This time we will take this idea a bit further and introduce the idea of the Kindness Formula. The Kindness Formula goes like this: Make it a habit to do at least three kinds things every day: one for yourself one for someone you know one for a stranger Having a formula helps us to make kindness a habit and to think more deeply about how we wish to express it. If you find doing three every...

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Random acts of kindness

There is a very efficient tram system in Amsterdam where I live. The trams are clean, speedy and run on time. The other day I was slow to get up and ended up as the last one to get off the tram. There is a chip card system to get on and off the tram and I fumbled my card, so that the doors shut before I could get off. Just I was envisioning myself being carried way off down the road past my stop, the doors slid open and I could disembark. As I was getting down I realized that a man sitting in the seat by the door had noticed my predicament...

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Hard Wired to Connect

One of the aims of this blog is to share different voices and their experience of applying mindfulness, meditation and compassion in the workplace. This week I am very happy to introduce a blog from my friend and colleague Darran Trute. I hope you enjoy reading! The training offered by Awareness in Action, provides the vision and ability to apply the techniques of mindfulness, meditation and compassion into our working life.  As well as feeling the immediate helpful benefits of such techniques myself, which is my own direct measure, I also...

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A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way

It must be one of the most dreaded moments in life—the moment when the worry that there is something wrong with your car turns into a certainty and you have to head for the hard shoulder of the motorway and search for the nearest emergency phone. It happened to us last month on our way back from spending two months in our cottage in the south of France. We were fifty kilometres south of Orleans with a hotel booked in Paris, it was starting to get dark and we were waiting for the road service to arrive. Our joy on seeing the truck draw up in...

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The Golden Rule

Always treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself The Golden Rule (first formulated by Confucius 551-479 BCE) Are you sharing an office with someone who talks very loudly when they are on the phone. Or do you feel you do more than your fair share of washing up in the staff kitchen, because you don’t like mess? Is there someone in the work car park who consistently parks sloppily over two spaces and makes life hard for the other drivers? If you answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, and that ‘yes’ causes you irritation then ask...

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