Bring Sunshine, Not Clouds


At long last, it’s March. This month promises us days that require sunglasses, the warmth of spring, and the potential of bursting bulbs and buds on our bare trees. After a very typical gray Indianapolis winter, I crave bright and sunny skies, the warmth of the sun on my face, and the comfort of a sun-warmed car. In short, It improves my mood to be warm. But wait, there’s more. Not only does sunshine improve our mood, but it is also a necessity for growth of any kind.

Most of us have had the pleasure of working with or being friends with a person who energizes us, gives us the will to endure a tough day, and helps us recognize how we have helped others or improved a situation. These types of connections and positive interactions can bring a different kind of sunshine and warmth to our lives. The words and attention of these special people nurture our abilities and help us grow in ways that might not be possible without their encouragement. How can you bring your own brand of sunshine to any interaction? Notice what others do well. It’s as simple as that. 

Noticing when others perform a task with capability, kindness, or good-humor are ways to bring sunshine into anyone’s day. The added benefit is that bringing this sunshine into someone else’s life naturally deposits these positive rays into your own life.

For more about how to notice the strengths of others and how to build a team that focuses on strength instead of weakness, see FRESH Leadership: 5 Skills to Transform You and Your Team.

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