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Joyful, Joyful

Posted Jun 13 2009 12:17am

Joy     Oh, Joy!  What a wonderful sounding word! When you say it, you can feel it, can't you?  What is joy?  It is the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.  Oh yeah, surround me with some of that!
    What creates joy in the workplace?  Letting others know that you think they are exceptionally good and satisfying.  That you take keen pleasure in the work they do and you are elated at the opportunity to spend every day with such a great team.  Am I pulling your leg?  No way, that is what I tell our team on a regular basis.  I celebrate us.  I bring in little "prizes" and give them out whenever anyone does something outstanding.  They always perform at a high standard but every now and then, they are superb.  I pounce on that and make a big deal out of it.  Sometimes I just tell them how great I think they are and that I'm honored to work with them.  The result is the joy on their faces at being recognized.  And don't forget the dentist, he gets a prize too.  One of them asked me after I had distributed goodies, "What is your prize?  You always give us things, but what about you?"  I could honestly answer that my reward was in the joy on their faces and the joy that spreads through the practice and to the patients.  It's my joy addiction.  If you're going to be addicted to something, get addicted to joy.  You have a readily available source so it's a cheap fix.  If you start feeling the inescapable need for a hit, all you have to do is smile, give a compliment or just laugh at someone's joke.  There you go.  You'll be high on joy before you know it. 
    What do joyful team members bring to a practice?  Lightness.  Happiness.  Workability.  When people work together with pleasure, everything is easier, problems have less weight and successes are sweeter.  Patients will comment on what a great atmosphere exists in your office.  They'll tell you that they've never had so much fun in a dental office before.   Best of all, at the end of the day, no matter what happened, you'll leave with a smile on your face and a sense of satisfaction in your heart.  Try it, joy doesn't have to cost a thing.  The only thing you have to lose is the stress monkey that rides on your back.  Wouldn't it be nice to knock him off so that you could stand a little taller and put a spring in your step?

"Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls."
Mother Teresa
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