Feeling part of a community is essential to people’s long-term happiness and wellbeing. It’s also a motivating factor in the workplace, where a thoughtful gift can generate goodwill and build loyalty.
A sense of belonging is essential to health and happiness—at home and at work. ©GETTY IMAGES
A sense of belonging is vital to our wellbeing, which is why it is so important to nurture relationships at home and at work. Coming together to celebrate and share good times with friends and colleagues strengthens these crucial bonds.
The togetherness factor is even more important in the digital age, when it can be hard to switch off. Time spent socializing is restorative—a point that fashion designer Arthur Arbesser made very succinctly in an interview in Salt magazine. He says: “When I need to relax I must have a group of good friends, ideally, and no phone or computer near me.”
There is a vast body of research that highlights how being part of a community is fundamental to our health and wellbeing. One famous study by Harvard University into what people value and what makes them feel fulfilled revealed that relationships with family, friends and colleagues are more important than money or status to long-term happiness.
Bring people together and celebrate togetherness! ©GETTY IMAGES
Studies show: relationships with family, friends and colleagues are more important than money or status to long-term happiness.
Build Bonds At Work
There’s a strong link, too, between a sense of belonging and productivity in the workplace. Leaders who create shared sense of purpose and identity within their teams help staff to feel more positive about their work. This feeling translates into a sense of achievement and increased levels of engagement.
Create Memorable Moments
Sharing good times with colleagues¬—birthday drinks after work or a team lunch celebrating a successful project —is a simple way of building loyalty and goodwill. A thoughtful gift from Swarovski—an elegant hand-cut whisky glass for raising a toast, or a delicate pave crystal necklace or bracelet to add sparkle to an outfit—can make these occasions more special or bring back happy memories.
Whatever the occasion for coming together with colleagues, customers or business partners, a gift from Swarovski can deepen connections.
* A version of this quote appeared in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of SALT magazine
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