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?
“Observation skills help you understand what is happening in a conversation or in a group.
If you are a good observer, you will know how well you are communicating, and can make mid-course corrections.”
— Karen Snyder
For more of Karen’s workplace wisdom, check out her book Eating Worms: Practicing Leadership Every Day.