Even in a tight economy, job satisfaction isn’t a luxury; fulfilled, happy employees are productive, innovative, and loyal. And workplace fulfillment spills over into happier families and better communities.
Jim Donovan, a small-business owner, consultant, and speaker, has worked with employees and employers for twenty-five years. In that time he has tested and honed these shift-producing strategies…
About the Author
Proclaimed a “Happiness expert” by Fast Company magazine, Jim Donovan is an international bestselling author, whose books are published in 26 countries. His books include "happy@work - 60 Simple Ways to Stay Engaged and Be Successful," "What are you waiting for? It’s Your Life," "Handbook to a Happier Life," and "Take Charge of Your Destiny."
Jim's willingness to speak openly about his personal struggles and share the ideas and techniques that enabled him to radically transform his own life, have made him a popular speaker and trainer for business events and meetings.
Jim's seminars provide inspiration, ideas, tools, and strategies to help individuals and companies increase happiness, performance and productivity.
Jim’s new book and seminar, “Happy@Work - 60 Simple Ways to Stay Engaged and Be Successful,” impacts employee engagement and productivity in the workplace.
5 simple things you can do to be happy at work, anytime
Being happy at work, or anywhere else for that matter, is very much an in-the-moment, present time, mental and emotional state. You can choose to be happier at any time and, using ideas like those below, you can make yourself happier whenever you want.
1. Get Out of Bed Happy
First thing in the morning, before you get out of bed, before you even open your eyes, start telling yourself, aloud if possible, “I feel great. I feel great. I feel great,” over and over for thirty seconds or longer. Before you write me off as crazy, I challenge you to do it for two weeks and see if you don’t start feeling better.
2. Drink More Water 29
Weight loss programs suggest using smaller plates as one way to eat less so why not use the reverse of this idea as a simple way to drink more water? Your Chiropractor will likely confirm that most of their patients are dehydrated. It’s a major contributor to back pain. And if that’s not enough reason to drink more water, speak with people who work with the elderly. You’ll hear story after story about the relationship between hydration and age related memory loss. Considering the amount of water in our bodies, 60% according to the Anatomy and Physiology for Nurses, our need for water should not be a big surprise.
3. Use Music to Feel Happier 52
Music is one of our strongest memory triggers, second only perhaps to our sense of smell. Think about the songs that bring back memories of the times in your life when you were totally happy. Create a playlist of these songs and put them on your Smartphone. Use them anytime you feel like you need an emotional lift. Play them before an important meeting or presentation. I’ve used my “Feel Good” playlist for years as a way to increase my energy prior to delivering a seminar. It’s the fastest way I know to shift into a peak energetic state.
4. Avoid Energy Zappers 56
You know who I’m talking about. Every company has them. They’re the people who, while you’re walking along feeling great, will stop to tell you their tale of woe or the news about the latest disaster; typically the one which you can do nothing about. All of a sudden you’re not so cheery any longer and are starting to feel like you need to lie down. Minimize your time around people like this, especially at work. Above all, stay away from negative group discussions. They’re in an intense field of negative energy and not something you want to be sucked into.
5. Use Motion to Improve Your Mood 26
The next time you’re feeling a little down instead of slipping into a funk, get up and start moving. Stand tall, look up and walk briskly. You’ll begin to feel better almost immediately. The physical movement in your body causes your brain chemistry to change. It’s almost impossible for most of us to move quickly and still feel down. Of course if you suffer from clinical depression, seek professional help.
Jim Donovan is the author of several bestselling self-help books and a sought after speaker to business and trade associations. His new book and seminar, “happy@work - 60 Simple Ways to Stay Engaged and Be Successful,” impacts employee engagement and productivity in the workplace. Learn more at: www.JimDonovan.com