Day 41. Someone used a Dale Carnegie principle on me… and it worked!

365 Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles

Day 41.  May 5, 2011
As I walked into the office, I was very tempted to growl, grumble or at the very least mumble at anyone that dared talk to me first thing in the morning.  I have too much to do and not enough time. 

But as I walked to my desk I was thrown off.  There was a plate on my desk… with quiche! 

The way to my heart... or at least a happier morning

Apparently—the way to my heart is my stomach.  (Odds are nearly all of you are aware of this detail by now).  My mood lightened and I thanked my co-worker for generously making one of the world’s best quiches for me to enjoy. 

The Dale Carnegie principle I applied toward my co-worker is from How to Win Friends and Influence People:
Principle 2.  Give honest, sincere appreciation.

The Dale Carnegie principle my co-worker employed on me is from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living:
Create happiness for others.

I sat down at my desk admiring the features of the delicious and very unexpected breakfast.  It was warm—which means my co-worker had to time things just right with my arrival.  It was homemade— not something that came out of a box from the freezer.  It had a flaky crust, fluffy eggs and ham.  Yummy!  Once I considered all these points—I was able to thank my co-worker in an appropriate, sincere way.

Sometimes it’s the smallest things that can ease the tension of a difficult or stressful day.  Look for opportunities to do this for your coworkers and you will create a happier more productive environment.  Also be aware and appreciative when people are considerate enough to do the same for you.

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