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International Day of Happiness

Mar 20, 2017

“When life becomes too complicated and we feel overwhelmed, it’s often useful just to stand back and remind ourselves of our overall purpose, our overall goal. When faced with a feeling of stagnation and confusion, it may be helpful to take an hour, an afternoon, or even several days to simply reflect on what it is that will truly bring us happiness, and then reset our priorities on the basis of that. This can put our life back in proper context, allow a fresh perspective, and enable us to see which direction to take.”  – The Dalai Lama

When do you feel your happiest? Some people feel it whilst being with loved ones; others say it’s the feeling of freedom when exploring the world. Whether it’s relaxing in your living room or journeying into the unknown, happiness comes in many shapes and sizes. In this blog post we discuss the art of happiness and how to bring this into your working lifestyle.

What is happiness?

Happiness – The state of being happy. The definition of “happiness” is often quite difficult to explain as people define this in a variety of ways to suit themselves as an individual. The most common definition of happiness is described in relation to family and loved ones. Nothing beats the feeling of love and compassion, and that is exactly what The Dalai Lama teaches. Training the mind to remove negative mental states such as; hatred, greed, envy and frustration allows us to open up to the positives – love, compassion, patience and generosity.

Your happy place

Everybody has one, and when you’re having a particularly bad day it’s good to take 5 minutes break and think of a fond memory or time in your life when you were the happiest. Taking a break at work not only refreshes your mind, but increases productivity so that you can go back to your desk with a positive new outlook.

Many businesses have designated “Break-Out” areas for staff, enabling them to take 5 minutes during the day to recharge the batteries when stressed. These areas tend to have no computer screens so that you are able to completely remove yourself from the digital world, if only for a minute. Another way to do this is to get some fresh air by taking a short walk outside.

Happiness at work

Take a look at your office environment. More and more businesses are starting to look at new office designs and spreading a bit of colour to improve staff morale. Break-out areas are one thing, but imagine having a roof garden to sit and relax for 10 minutes during your day. Our blog post on improving your office space could help increase your happiness at work. Take a look here.

Positivity kit book

Putting together your own personal positivity kit book can be easier than it seems. Take a look at your current work environment and think about how your business could improve staff morale. Below are a couple of ideas which could be beneficial:

• Free tea and coffee

• Vending machines

• Break-Out area 

• Friday quizzes

• Pizza Thursdays

Now that you’ve recognised how your business can create a happier environment, think of ways to personally create happiness for you and your colleagues. Take a note from The Dalai Lama and spread the feeling of compassion and generosity:

Bring in food for the team.

It’s been a difficult week, and the team has worked hard. A little reward and recognition, no matter how small, creates a fantastic office atmosphere.

Get to know your colleagues.

Taking the time to speak to your colleagues about their personal life is a great way to keep your “open door” policy alive. Colleagues need to feel safe when speaking to you about an issue. Keeping an open mind makes you more approachable.