August is Happiness Happens Month and today’s blog post is about how to create your own happiness and happiness for the people around you in your workplace!
Happiness Happens Month was created to remind us that happiness happens one small moment at a time and it is our job to recognize those moments when they happen. Sometimes a small action is all it takes to boost our happiness.
Below are four small actions you can do at work to boost your own happiness and the happiness of your coworkers.
Creating Your Own Happiness at Work
Manage Your Time Wisely
Proper time management is the key to happiness. If you are unorganized and constantly stressed out then you are likely to never be happy at work. When possible, create an outline for your day and try to stick to it. Creating a ‘to-do list’ can be a great way to keep yourself on track and avoid any stress that would create unhappiness in the workplace.
Do the Difficult Tasks First
Clear up your ‘less-fun’ tasks as early in the day as possible. Get those duties out of the way first so that you don’t dread your whole workday until you finally complete them.
Don’t get sucked in to workplace gossip and negativity. Avoid this type of behaviour as it can affect your own personal happiness and make you associate your workplace with negativity.
Personalize Your Space
When applicable, liven up your workspace with things that bring you joy. Whether this is photos, knick knacks, or anything else that brings you happiness, having it with you at work can provide a sense of calm when things get hectic.
Creating Happiness for Others at Work
Say Hello/Be Compassionate
It is easy to make a coworker’s morning brighter by saying good morning and taking an interest in their life. Listening to someone’s story can help them work out an issue or share an accomplishment as well as help you get to know them better. This simple gesture can bring a bit of extra happiness into their life each morning.
Treat Everyone With Respect
A happy workplace is one where everyone is treated equally and respectfully. Help to create this kind of environment by avoiding things like office gossip or inappropriate jokes and instead treat everyone with respect and kindness. Happiness will follow.
Ask for Input
Asking for a coworker’s opinion/expertise on a task you are working on can make them feel great. Asking them for their advice shows that you value their opinion and respect the work that they do which is a simple way to spread happiness amongst your peers.
Everyone loves to be praised so if you see someone doing a great job then be sure to tell them! Knowing that their hard work is being acknowledged is a great way to make a coworker happy!