Monday, June 20, 2022

Relate to Others and Smile!

Even if we work well independently, it is important to take time to relate to others in the workplace. Building work relationships helps us feel less isolated and creates a support network. Relationships also help us feel part of a team or workplace community which can promote happiness. When we have strong relationships with our coworkers, we may even look forward to going to work. Instead of being a place where we are disconnected, work can become another place where we connect with others.

Remember to smile. Even when you don’t feel like smiling, the act of using your muscles to smile releases happy chemicals into your brain. And as the saying goes, when you smile the whole world smiles with you. You’ll see smiles in return, which can improve your mood. You don’t have to always be jolly when you’re at work, but remembering to smile when you interact with others or even just for yourself can improve your mood. Smiling also makes you seem more approachable which means you may be able to more effectively connect with others.  It might help to have a mental list of things that make you smile so you can think of these throughout the day.

Until next time ...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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