I read a headline this morning about an Indian company called Happiest Minds. Their IPO received a huge initial response, “making it one of India’s most successful first-time share sales of this decade.” During this time of lockdowns and isolation, mental health is of utmost concern. I thought, “No wonder a company with that name is so successful!” We could all use a dose of happiest minds!
It turns out Happiest Minds is not a company that sells good mental health. It might actually do more than that. Consider the company’s tagline: “Happiest Minds, The Mindful IT Company.” Their philosophy is that happiest people make happiest customers. While they are in the business of providing technology solutions, they are dedicated to providing a mindful work environment that supports employees, customers, and their community.
According to mindful.org, “Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” I often talk about the need to “put your own oxygen mask on first.” If we ourselves can’t breathe, we can’t help others. Also popular these days is the concept of self-care. I hadn’t heard the term mindful though. I love it! While being mindful includes that first step of taking care of ourselves so we can be our very best self to provide for others, Happiest Minds goes well beyond that. The effects of mindfulness can reach those you work with, those you provide services for, and even the world around you.
I think florists are mindful people. They love to surround themselves with beauty and color. Flowers feed our souls and bring joy. In addition florists love to share that beauty and joy with their customers. That just leaves the third step of social responsibility and being a good corporate citizen of the world. I heard of a florist in Chicago that is doing wonderful things for their local community. I’ll explore that next time!
As Happiest Minds launches their IPO and spreads their message of mindfulness, I wish you the peace and energy that comes with being mindful.