The Magic of Christmas

Dec 23, 2011 by

The Magic of Christmas

A morning well spent…

Christmas remains a wonderful time of the year even in these gloomy economic times…

One of my fondest memories of 2011 will be spending the Saturday before Christmas Day preparing parcels of gifts donated by local businesses and individuals for the needy families around Nottingham nominated by people in the community as deserving of a little unexpected charity.

It was a morning of unbridled chaos: piles of gifts, pritt stick and paper for preparing cards, mountains of cardboard boxes – and a group of willing but confused volunteers. The atmosphere was terrific and the warmth of the goodwill almost removed the need for central heating on this chilly December morning as cards were written, gifts wrapped and parcels assembled with good humour and an unspoken purpose…

It wasn’t long before we were ready to distribute and out the drivers went bearing gifts. And the surprised and gleeful faces of those receiving parcels was perhaps the best Christmas present you can ever have…

Just a wee bit of the technical stuff…

Our teamwork appeared to be outstanding despite the apparent lack of direction, and there was a real sense of joy in our work. How was this happening? Quite simple: our basic human need for social contact was being nourished…

Psychologists explain that our need to affiliate and form social bonds is wired into our biology: When we make a positive social connection, the pleasure-inducing hormone oxytocin is released into our bloodstream, and this in turn reduces anxiety and stress while improving our concentration and focus.

What does this matter to your job search?

Exactly the same principles apply in the workplace – or the lack of it…

Remember that in the midst of challenge and stress, nothing is more crucial to our success than holding on to the people around us. Lose your job and you may lose many of your connections at a time when it’s vital that you have social support to help you through what will in many cases be a very difficult time…

But it’s Christmas…

Enough of this. There will be future blogs about finding and using social support. But just now I want to thank all of you who have read our material on Jobswot and wish you all a very Merry Christmas…

 


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