The Heliotropic Effect is the tendency for all living systems to move towards light and away from darkness...or rather, towards that which is life-giving and away from that which endangers life. It's why a plant placed on a windowsill tilts toward the sun. The sun is a positive, heliotropic source of energy that attracts and gives life to all living things.

Much like plants, we as humans gravitate towards energy that lifts us up and shy away from energy that depletes us. If you shine the light of positive practices on those around you, they're going to follow it, because it is human tendency to follow the light. Some people are very heliotropic, and some, not so much. Those who are, inspire those around them.

What does it look like when we are being heliotropic? It means being kind, authentic, compassionate, grateful, and positive. It means following through on commitments, keeping your word and being honest. When you are being heliotropic, you are being a positive energizer! Positive energizers uplift others whereas negative energizers tear them down.

Some people are like the sun on our leaves....and others are like salt water poured on our roots! One sustains our life, the other stresses us out!

Hence, Be the Sun, Not the Salt.


Listen to Dr. Harry Cohen's TEDx Talk to hear more about heliotropic leadership.

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