Thursday, June 24, 2010

Praise vs. Cash

On a random radio station today an announcer stated that researchers recently found that receiving praise activates the same part of the brain that receiving a cash award does. Interesting, but really, something we already know, right? Positive feedback is powerful - so why is it sometimes so hard to remember that, especially with those that we love the most?

Any advice out there for responding to negative feedback from stressed-out, neurotic, tired, perfectionistic, (yet loving and awesome) physician spouses who consistently receive a lot of negative feedback (and very little praise - well, and cash, for that matter) at work?

So, this is my new goal - to look for ways to genuinely praise everyone around me as often as I can. And now that I know it's like handing people cash gifts, it makes it even more fun.

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