We know that how we listen can affect how we communicate, how we build our relationships, how we make our decisions, and ultimately how we listen can affect our happiness in life. At Coaching Culture, we believe that true listening is the foundation to health and happiness in life. We are not alone.
Julian Treasure in his (less than 10 mins) TED talk “Why architects need to use their ears” explains how what we listen to at work, office sound and noise levels, can make employees “less helpful, less enjoy their teamwork, and less enjoy their work”.
Think about your work environment, what sounds do you hear? How at ease do you feel throughout the day? How well are you able to hear others? What we hear throughout the day affects our mood, our health, and our relationships. When we hear a constant barrage of noise it raises our heart rate, decreases our happiness, compromises our health, clouds our heads, frays our tempers without even knowing it. Julian Treasure shows how it creates environments and cultures that are unproductive.
Think about your home environment, what sounds do you hear? How often is the TV on, the radio, loud music, toy noises in constant rotation, vacuums etc? How is it affecting how you build your relationships with your family, your child’s productivity for school, and anyone’s ability to RELAX and wind down at the end of the day?
Coaching Cultures TM are ones where everyone feels seen, heard, and understood and the place where it all begins is listening. Julian Treasure believes that like listening, sound “improves quality of life, health and well-being, social behavior, and productivity”.
How is your sound affecting how you listen and your quality of life? What kind of awareness do you have around it?