Happiness is a contagious and positive energy. So why not make the effort to always embrace it? Dr. Murad believes that maintaining positive energy and emotion is essential, particularly emotions that are absorbed by others around you.
We live in a time of seesawing emotions – which is why it’s so important to share positivity and joy. We spend of average, a third of our days working – so, we’ve dug into the advice of a few companies (Google for example employs a Chief Happiness Officer) that are all about spreading happiness and making everyone feel good. Actually, make that, feel great, to share some top tips.
1. Don’t be afraid to bring your personal baggage to work.
We long been told to keep your personal and private life separate, but researchers are realizing is that the separation of professional and personal is a poor model. It minimizes workers in a way that makes it more difficult for them to be happy, to feel valuable, connected, trusted and cared-for at work. Today we need to create and promote empathy in the workplace. Why not start by asking someone how was their evening or weekend.
Takeaway: Getting personal at the office increases co-worker trust and compassion.
2. It’s not a competition – it’s a team sport.
While many of us judge our own success by how far we get ahead of other colleagues, studies suggest that this competition is making us sadder – we call this a contributing factor to Cultural Stress. Why not try breaking down departmental silos and helping each other. Create a culture of happiness, cooperation and an open idea sharing environment. You may just find that you still get the promotion but can actually feel really great about how you achieved it.
Takeaway: Teamwork is dream work.
3. BreathE and THINK.
We often forget to stop at work. Take a few deep breaths and a moment before you hit reply all. Engaging in mindful habits, like breathing deeply before meetings or on break or whenever you can fit it in, can reduce the toxic rumination and racing thoughts that often lead to stress and anxiety. You may just see that person who really gets under your skin, in a new light.
Takeaway: Stop, think and breathe in the heat of the moment.
4. “Thank you” goes a really long way.
Gratitude has been proven to present a huge opportunity for increasing happiness and there are lots of opportunities to say thank you on a daily basis. It could be as simple as taking a few seconds to pop your head into someone’s office/ desk and just recognize their efforts.
Takeaway: A thank you a day – keeps the doctor away.
5. Play nice.
We were all told this growing up but sometimes we forget this in the workplace. Studies suggest that the number one reason people are unhappy at work is due to personal relationships with other employees. Company cultures of incivility (unkind, competitive, snarky and hostility) are on the rise – so really keep this one in mind.
Takeaway: Be kind, and lay off the snark.