A study of the Virginia Commonwealth University shows a more than significant reduction of the blood’s cortisol level (an indicator of stress level) of people bringing their dog at work compared than the one who don’t bring it or don’t have one. More than just reducing the stress level, it also seems to ease relationship and human interactions. Why don’t we see more often pet in workspaces? I may see potential downturns (beatings, barking, smell, and other stuffs) but it must be possible to find a good compromise (is it not a Belgian specialty?)
The related NY Times article: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/mar/30/health/la-he-pets-at-work-stress-20120331
Many studies clearly indicates that altruism is a key element of happiness. Many enterprises have understood this and have create corporate social responsability programs to support altruistic actions. If you should had the chance to win at the lottery, you’ll had better chances to be happy if you spend your money for others than yourself. Being empathic is a key factor of social success. In fact, taking care of each other is most likely to be deeply anchored in our nature. We are basicaly good people, we just need to let it be more often. And, best of all, it might be contagious.
We should continue to foster selflessness and good actions in our private as well as in our work life. Caring for people around us makes our lafes happier.
I found this beautiful video on YouTube. It is not clear if it is the official videoclip for the music of Noah & The Wale “Give a little love” but the music fit perfectly to the video and it is very inspirationnal.