Positivity and empathy both contribute largely to business interactions, in particular corporate social responsibility. In consideration with today’s circumstances, negativity often evolves from people, places or things that have an unfavorable sway over your life. This is why in the presence of some people we may feel warm, calm and cheerful, while cold, anxious and unhappy around others. Rather than focusing on the things around us, we can be the change that we want to see, we can raise our own energy level and create mental changes to tune up our inner vibrations. Starting with a few simple practices such as meditation, enjoying nature and seeking out mentors. Having faith and practicing gratitude can ground us and provide a strong foundation for personal growth.
Exuding positive energy must contribute largely within our daily conversations. It is our responsibility to send positive energy into the world, as these vibrations resonate within not just ourselves but those around us. For example, being a cheerleader for others rather than being judgemental. Showing empathy to those around us helps us to understand their feelings and perspectives. Curiosity expands our empathy when we talk to people outside our usual social circle.
However, empathy is a two-way street that, at its best, is built upon mutual understanding and exchange of our ideas and experiences. Whilst, we can give back through random acts of kindness, we must also show mindfulness and learn to understand before acting, as there are often unseen consequences. To take a case study for corporate social responsibility, there is a documentary called Poverty, Inc. that follows the unseen consequences to our well intentioned actions, and explores the truth behind the industry from disaster relief to TOMs Shoes. At the heart of any sustainable development and corporate social responsibility initiative is human capital towards innovation and creating better environmental and community business practises, “community development as a process by which the efforts of the people themselves are united” (Mori, 2013).
Source: Brendon.com (2015).
Mori, A. (2013). Environmental governance for sustainable development: East asian perspectives. Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan: United Nations University Press.