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5 WAYS TO BE HAPPY AT WORK

WE Communications Blog: Culture & Careers

09/07/2019
— Jay Stevens 

WHY BEING HAPPY AT WORK IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR WELLBEING

When it comes to being happy, we’re all guilty of striving, pursuing and needing it. At times, even its unattainability makes us want it more.The problem? Happiness is a loaded word and it can feel like it’s constantly being brought to our attention.

From ‘happy new year’ to ‘happy birthday’ and even ‘happy holidays’, the expectation can sometimes feel too great. However, working on small steps to increase your wellbeing can have a positive effective in the workplace.

As more companies are beginning to use ‘Joy Marketing’, where the idea of happiness and joy are explored in tandem with brands selling to us: How do you find your happiness at work? Below are a few tips on how I find mine.

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1. SMILE

Sometimes the smallest things have the greatest results and smiling to increase happiness is one of them. Research suggests that the physical act of a smile really does help you feel better. Colgate did a campaign reflecting this in 2015, where an interactive machine detected smiles and dispensed samples. Smiling gets you everywhere.

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2. SELF-CARE

How often do you put yourself first during tough times? Whether you’re going through a break-up or facing a stressful moment at work, doing little things to increase your happiness is beneficial to your overall mental health. I like to do ‘little luxuries’ for myself such as spraying my bedsheets with aftershave before I sleep, or even paying for an Uber instead of taking public transport.

Bell Canada created the ‘Bell Let’s Talk’ campaign and in this powerful video, spokespeople talk about how they care for themselves and their mental health every day.

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3. CREATE TO FEEL GREAT

I genuinely believe that creating something leads to happiness at work and being a ‘creative’ person isn’t a requirement. The TikTok app that’s swept through social media proves how easy creativity is and how inspiring it can be.

The simple act of having made something yourself and forming a creation gives a sense of achievement and can lift your mood. This doesn’t have to be something you create at work but it can help your overall happiness when you’re there. This could be a short story, cooking a simple meal, painting, or creating positivity in your own way.

The use of emotions in advertising is nothing new, but this advert from Thai Life Insurance entitled ‘Unsung Hero’ admits the good Samaritan receives nothing but his own wellbeing in return and plays on the notion of creating happiness very well.

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4. ESCAPE

Creating an escape for myself is something I try to do daily, no matter how busy or quiet the workday can get. This is either by getting lost in music, a good book, having a good time with friends, or in the more literal sense of going somewhere – a holiday or trip home. An emergence of apps like Headspace acknowledges the need to escape and are great for meditation and stress relief.

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5. PERSONAL MANTRA

Have one. If you don’t already, make one. This can be simple and I believe it is important when speaking about happiness. Personal mantra’s help you form who you are, they can motivate you and inspire you.

For example, mine is ‘ABLE – Always Be Learning & Earning.’ My mantra was crafted when I was an unpaid intern, so it was relevant back then but it still is now. If I’m always learning, I am always growing - and earning isn’t just money. I strive to earn respect and earn achievements. Earning something leads to a sense of validation in what you have done to receive that something.

BEING HAPPY IS A JOURNEY

Throughout these tips, one thing is constant: baby steps. My mindset and journey towards a happier life was formed through many hard times but also through good times. Now, it’s still growing and developing, but it’s something I am crafting, something I am conscious of and that I stand by. But every change has come gradually, bit by bit through many lessons. We never stop learning, so it’ll always be changing.

Nothing can stop the bad things happening as you go through life, but hopefully, these little tips will help along the way when you need a happiness boost.