Hubbers here have been sharing this link today to a great TED about the power of human connection and empathy in building trust and increasing morality. Neuroeconomist, Paul Zak (what an amazing job title! And name!) talks about the importance of a chemical in your brain called Oxytocin that he believes is the driver for morality and the source of emotions such as empathy and trust, that help create a stable society.
And how do we encourage the production of more of this brain wonder drug? Well apparently, by doing a lot of hugging! (Eight hugs a day is the optimum amount apparently! Ah, the romance of scientific precision…)
We’re thinking of introducing obligatory HUB hugs into the workspace. What do you think?