All of us need daily doses of each of these happiness chemicals, but how can we get them when we are working? Here are some tips:
- Finish a little task. Keeping track of the things from your to do list that have already been completed can be very powerful.
- Have coffee or tea with a colleague.
- Look for and celebrate small wins.
- Notice what people are doing right and give sincere compliments lavishly.
- Write compliments on sticky notes and leave them around the office.
- Write thank you notes when colleagues partner with you.
- Learn and practice 5-minute meditations. Here is a list of some of my favorites to help you get started: Quick Meditations. The magic code word is “meditation.”
- Take 3 deep breaths when you leave and enter every room.
- Spend time outside every day, even if it is only for a few minutes here and there.
- Practice a laughter exercise. When my cousin Pat, a certified coach, told me this exercise, I thought she was crazy, but it actually works!
- Exercise, stretch, or just take the long way to get wherever you are going.
- Take some essential oils into your office (as long as your colleagues find them pleasant — we all react differently to scents.)
Take time to do at least one of these every day!
I utilized this thought-provoking video from Procter and Gamble as a discussion starter for a recent D&I workgroup. Take a look:
We tend to believe we understand the complete picture, but the assumptions that we make in order to reach our conclusions are often the result of what we most often read in the news or see on our screens. If we consider what details we might be missing, in addition to what we do actually see, we can widen our view.
I have to share that when I watched the video, I did get a very uncomfortable feeling from my own biases. How did you react?
Like everything else, there are many different opinions on just how much water you should be drinking. Health experts commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses each day, although some believe that you need to sip water constantly throughout the day, even when you’re not thirsty.
This week, I have an activity for you…
‘When You Drink the Water, Remember Who Dug the Well’ – Chinese Proverb
Of course, I am not literally asking you to research where your drinking water comes from. Instead, I would like you to recognize the elements and processes that allow you to enjoy that water (or coffee, or tea, or other favorite beverage!). From there, take some time to think about all those who have been a blessing in your life, whether in big ways or small.
Perhaps your parents, a special teacher, a mentor, colleagues, or friends have had a deep and meaningful impact on your life? What about the grocery store clerk, restaurant worker, or delivery driver? Did they bring a smile to your face or make your day run just a little more smoothly?
How can you let them know how much you appreciate their efforts? Maybe while their names are fresh on your mind, mail a card or send a text that puts actions to your thoughts.
Remember, you’re drinking from the well they dug!