Posted by: Pamela Kalivas | September 24, 2014

Sneak A Treat: Clues to Work Happiness

Candy Corn

It’s time for a little Halloween happiness this year!  Break out the candy corn and get knee high in this year’s “ways to work happy.”

Fall is such a delectable time of year.  The aromas of butternut squash, hot-cocoa, cinnamon spice and pumpkin are an immutable part of our collective memories.  While they invoke a calm feeling of nostalgia and happiness, the holiday season can be a little stressful.  This is especially true when juggling family, work, costume and party planning.

The last thing we need is stress at work! Make these changes and reap positivity that will leave you ready for the change in seasons:

  1. Make the choice: Believe it or not, happiness is a cognitive choice. Mental exercises assist you in creating an internal microcosm of tranquility.  Visualization meditation is the practice of mentally simulating an environment of your choosing with your senses: sight, touch, smell.  Take a 10 minute mini-mental vacation to a deserted island or camp out in a warm robe in front of a roasting fire.  See the sun set or rise for that matter; hear the birds sing, and all in the comfort of your workspace.

Take a piece of advice from this wise woman:

“Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.”~ Maya Angelou

Witch brewing in cauldron

  1. Avoid Negativity: Avoid negative conversations and people at work.  If duty calls and working with them is part of your role, set limits to avoid participating in negative conversations.Although it is beneficial to avoid negative conversations, sometimes a co-worker does need a sympathetic ear.  Decide if the issue they are facing is legitimate or just a way to “stir the pot.” You may listen to their work woes or recommend they visit HR.  Either way, don’t let the “fire burn, and gossip bubble.”
  1. Find the eye of the storm: workdays sometimes go from start to finish with a hurricane of emails, meetings, and deadlines. Make sure to take a breather and reach your happy place or enjoy a healthy snack before continuing.  Taking the time to do even a small thing you enjoy during every day will increase happiness.

Prepare for  Halloween and the holidays with cheer and don’t let stress spook you!


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