What are the basic human needs that drive happiness and performance?


When love and all other primordial emotional needs are denied or they lack, it can fuel resentment, hate, anger and evil. Without love and all that the word encompasses (respect, compassion, empathy, belonging/connection... ), life gets dark, ugly and painful. Hurt people, hurt people. This happens in our personal lives and at work. Our emotional deficits compromise our performance.

We now live in a world that is so emotionally disconnected. Suicide is on the up. Sadness and aloneness are increasing. There are more cases of mental and emotional disorders than ever before. There is simply too much hate and not enough love, respect, compassion and empathy.


There is a Southern African tribe called, The Babembe, who have a wonderful practice to resolve the issue of a person doing wrong or evil. They believe that those who do wrong are hurt souls and lack the fundamental emotional needs that drive good human behavior. They gather as a village and place the "bad person" in the center and spend days telling that person of all the wonderful and good things they are and have done. They share LOVE because an act of evil is considered to be a cry for help. This world needs help and it's crying out loud!

Answering that cry for help starts with ourselves. We can all be a little kinder, share a little more appreciation and respect, and demonstrate more empathy. The thing is, beyond giving all these things, we all need them too. Giving is a win win.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams.

Love, respect and empathy always empower and inspire enhanced performance at home and at work.

Sincerely, Vital Germaine

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