Research shows that happier people are more successful people. That’s reason enough to make a point of being happy at work. But wait–there’s more! Happy people have more successful relationships, better mental health, and live longer lives. Not bad for an emotion that you yourself have control over. Give these little steps to happiness a try and see where they lead you–and your business.
1. Recall places where you’ve appreciated the sounds
Birds chirping, a brook babbling, beautiful music, people’s voices.
2. Summon up the places where you’ve enjoyed visual images
An open view of the sky or sea, pleasing colors and shapes, inspiring art or architecture.
3. Choose a place where you can experience the elements that contribute to happiness
Exercise, social contact with happy people, creative flow, laughter.
4. Remember where you were when you experienced deep contentment and meaning
It could be the playground where you took your children when they were young; the animal shelter or food pantry where you volunteer; the café where you met your future spouse.
5. Stay open-minded
Studies in the Journal of Environmental Psychology show that spending just 20 minutes in nature boosts vitality levels significantly. Others may prefer a favourite spa, an indoor Zen retreat with candles and soothing music or a kitchenware store filled with gleaming pots and exotic ingredients.
6. Keep a to-do list
Keep a to-do list but don’t let it rule your life by making it unachievable
Put four or five things on your to-do list, in order of importance, and strive to complete them that day. Then, put the items that you didn’t get around to as the most important for the next day.
7. Set a time to stop working, and stick to it
If your calendar says that you don’t have any work scheduled on the weekend, then don’t work on the weekend. It may be hard at first to leave work unfinished, but balancing your work time with your personal time is an important key to having a more rewarding life.
Remember, happiness leads to success, so take time out of your busy day to be happy.