Here’s a question for you, do you like your life?
Think about it for a second, do you wake up happy, with a smile on your face, excited for the day ahead? That may seem a little idealistic to some people, but why on earth should it be? Why shouldn’t we be aiming for that at least?
Perhaps life isn’t quite how you’d like it to be at the moment, but that shouldn’t hinder your happiness. Happiness is living in the moment and appreciating what is, not waiting for 5 o’clock on Friday, your holiday or retirement. There’s no point waiting to allow yourself to be happy when you could choose to be happy right now.
There are plenty of ways to improve your mood, outlook and daily activities in favour of your well-being, and we should all strive to increase these levels of joy as much as possible. No-one else is going to do it for you you know!
We wanted to run through a few of our favourite tips and tricks to up the happy-anti…
Firstly, we think it’s important to address the elephant in the room:
“I hate my job, how can I be happy there?”
Perhaps you aren’t aware of this, but you don’t have to be there… No-one is forcing you to stay, there are plenty of other options, so before you fall back into moaning about your Monday-Friday, have a little think about the various routes you could take.
We spend far too long at work to not enjoy it. How can we drag ourselves through 5 days of the week to only enjoy the final 2? Thats not living life, that’s crawling through.
When you’re working hard toward something you care about, have passion for, and know is in your best interest i.e. for career progression or your own business, it becomes something that adds to your happiness. Knowing that your efforts have purpose and will result in something beneficial is known to boost positivity.
Aren’t we lucky?!
We’re living in an age where flexibility, mobile working and entrepreneurship are at an all-time high, so the scope for moulding our lives to suit our needs and wants is bigger than ever. Companies are more susceptible to new initiatives and employee well-being, so now’s the time to put in any suggestions in your favour.
Would it increase your job satisfaction if you could clock-off early on Fridays? Why not suggest a longer Monday?
Do you know you’d feel more uplifted, productive and positive if you could get out of the office during the day? Why not suggest a Walking Meeting?
What’s the worst that could happen? They say “no”, you realise you’re worth more than that and find a better job…
Your day is what you make it
Speaking on a more personal level, our daily actions and habits are essential for our overall happiness. There’s no-one to take responsibility for those other than ourselves, so we need to stack the odds in our favour.
Within your routine, have a little think about what it is you do for yourself. Where in each day do you do something you enjoy or look forward to? (And we don’t just mean dinner…).
It may sometimes feel like days mould into one, and you’re stuck in a cycle:
- Wake up
- Cook Dinner
A lot of people say they struggle to find time to exercise or invest in some personal relaxation, we’re not sure we fully empathise however… As individuals, you find the time for your top priorities, but if you’re not willing to prioritise your own happiness, we’re not quite sure we can help you.
At RedSeven we work hard but we always make time for fun too. Not only that, we ensure our ‘daily grind” is as fun as it can be. Just because we’re in a professional environment, it doesn’t mean everything has to be formal and rigid; we take our meetings to our local coffee shops, we play games to emphasise points within presentations, we set competitions and we’re always celebrating little wins. Why settle for an assumed ‘well done” when you can congratulate, reward and acknowledge an accomplishment?
Fake it till you make it!
If all else fails, nothing is going in your favour and there’s nothing you can do but “get on with it”, (although we highly doubt this could be the case), you’re only choice is to fain happiness. Pretend you’re happy, enjoying yourself or are in a good mood and you may actually become that way! After all, smiling is scientifically proven to increase your mood for the better.
If you’re struggling to find joy where you work, and think it’s time you did, get in touch! We’re currently recruiting and looking for individuals who bring the sunshine.