Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Choose Happiness

Ultimately, the most important thing we can do to promote happiness at work is to choose to be happy. We all face difficult days and situations, but we choose how we react to them. We can choose to be miserable or choose to be happy. By practicing positivity and otherwise choosing happiness, we go a long way toward fostering happiness and contentment in our lives.

Happiness is a Choice

Happiness is a choice. We choose every day whether we will be happy or not. We may have unhappy, angry, or difficult moments, but overall, we choose whether we will focus on the positive and stay happy. When we choose to be happy, we focus on the good in our lives, including our work lives. Make a conscious choice that you will be happy in your workplace, and act on it. Decide what you would need to do to be happy, even if that means seeking other work. 

Choose Your Stress Response 

One of the things that undermines happiness is stress. We cannot choose whether we will have stress in our lives, but we can choose our stress response such as anger or panic, which will make us negative and unhappy, or we can choose positive responses, such as focusing on solutions, taking a time out, or even sleeping on a stressful decision. Explore different stress responses and choose some that help you stay focused. Not giving in to a negative stress response will help you stay happier and healthier and will lead to greater workplace happiness as well.

Do One Thing Every Day That You Love and Enjoy

Taking time each day to do one thing you love and enjoy goes a long way toward fostering happiness. Whether you do yoga in the morning, drink a cup of your favorite tea, visit a funny website, or engage in a rewarding hobby, finding something you love and making time to do it is key to your well-being. When we don’t take time to do things we love, our lives become a series of obligations. Taking time to engage in something you love and enjoy activates the parts of your brain associated with joy and pleasure, and this fosters an overall sense of mental and emotional well-being. 

Seek to Make Positive Changes

Happiness is a process. Even when we decide to choose happiness, it won’t happen overnight. Seek to continuously make positive changes in your life and you will find your happiness growing. Reward yourself for making changes. Happiness is a journey.

Until next time ...


Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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