Happiness at work: This is an important aspect of our project that pertains to your finding happiness in your work environment. Think of how much time you spend working? You deserve to have happiness at work!
Take a look around your work space and identify at least three things that make you happy. These reminders need to be easy for you to see from your seat at your desk or workspace. Ideally you’ll have 5 items. Pictures of kids and family, or of a trip or pet; a totem of some sort, a keepsake, an inspiring quote, a printed copy of the smile epidemic pic you are about to take…
The point is that work does not always bring us “easy” happiness, so sometimes you have to insert happiness into your work. Focus on those items quickly right now. Pick them up, hold them, and look at them closely. Move them to a prime location on your desk because they deserve it! If you don’t have any, quickly get one; print off a picture from Facebook if you have to. Give those items one whole minute of your time. While you think about why they make you happy, use your hands and feet to connect with your work space and find ways to connect that happiness to your desk, chair, laptop etc. Remember the smells or sounds or feelings that are attached to that memory. Take a deep breath in and be present with the reason that your reminders bring you happiness and then tell yourself, “This item will remind me to smile whenever I see it or whenever I have allowed something about work to momentarily hold me back from smiling. I deserve it”.
Frustrations happen and the suggestion is not to gloss over the difficulties. The suggestion is to limit the power that stressful situations have over you; only allow them what they actually deserve, nothing more, no added drama or unneeded negative emotions. Right now you are programming your brain to see your happiness totems and to be reminded of the most important things in your life and of your resilience and power. These reminders will help you to regain perspective, take control of your emotions, and easily return to happy thoughts and feelings so you get back on track in a more positive mindset.
Have a wonderful day and send us a pic of what you have in your workspace as a reminder. http://thesmileepidemic.tumblr.com/submit