Happiness During Your Work Day
How would you define a happy work day?
In an ideal world, every one of us would be happy and inspired, looking forward to go to work every day. Unfortunately that is not reality. By nature we have both good and bad days and happiness can be elusive. What we can cutivate over time is a foundation of satisfaction and joy so that each day we are able to show up and face whatever happens in present moment awareness, responding rather than reacting to our circumstances and finding joy in each moment.
Why is it important?
Happiness or for the purposes of this writing, “joy” is a feeling of well-being, feeling grounded and present. It is important to do what we can to allow and cultivate joy while we are at work so that we can show up for ourselves, our work and our co-workers.
It can be fairly obvious why we would want to be happy at work. We want to feel good. But a deeper meaning may lay below the surface in the deep calm and satisfaction we feel with the contentment that comes along with self-care. Daily self-care can deepen the relationship with the self and allow us to experience more joy each day.
How do I get started / make this happen more regularly?
It is all about routine here. To best set yourself up for a joy filled workday I have shared below several tips that you may find useful.
1.Be okay with everyone at work: If you have a challenge with anyone at work it can really throw any chance for happiness out the window. First step… and this is a big one. Forgive them. You don’t have to make friends but if you work with someone you have a problem with the fastest way to recover – forgive them.
2.Wake up on the right side of the bed: When you wake up immediately and without fail – go to gratitude. Get thankful. Find 5 things (people, places, things) to be truly grateful for. This habit will serve you well on your road to daily joy during the work day.
3.Leave work at work: Years ago I really struggled with leaving work at home when I got home. Then the next morning I was right back at it, at work. This went on for far to long until a dear friend shared this tip – when you get home immediately wash your hands and face and change your clothes. You will be amazed when you wash that “happy” work day away.
4.Just say NO: You can say no to activities that don’t serve you and your values. And when you do you free up time to focus on what really makes you happy which in turn makes you happy. A good solid no can put a great deal of ease in your day.
5.Take a break to move your body: If you spend most of your time sitting or standing you may find that you become stagnant in your body and this can put a hold on any happiness. I recommend moving as much as you can throughout the day. Take a bathroom break, stretch, walk a lap around the office,replenish yourself with another of those glasses of water that none of us are drinking enough of!
Below find a video from Desk Yogi that shares even more tips you can use during your breaks and downtime.
Desk Yogi Video Exercise
Better Breaks And Downtime
The Mindful Workday Series with Britt 7 Minutes Mindfulness matters even during your breaks. Dr. Britt advises on how to best use your downtime in a healthy way that calms and centers you.