Hopefully you have already downloaded our free Day-to-Day Employee Appreciation Calendar for 2023 so these celebrations may already be on your radar. If not, download it today and let’s get started!
Don’t forget St. Patrick’s Day on March 17! It’s always a fun occasion to wear green and have a little office fun. But the MOST important day of the month is …… March 20!
March 20 is the International Day of Happiness
This year’s theme is Mindful • Grateful • Kind. Don’t you love the simplicity? Be sure to check out the resources on the Action for Happiness website and use the #InternationalDayOfHappiness hashtag!
From the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy:
“Often worldly stressors are not necessarily within our control, and although we cannot change those outside forces, we can counter them with internal strategies. Of all the virtues that correlate with happiness (i.e. kindness, prudence, self-control), the strength that has the most notable impact is gratitude. This skill has been shown to improve happiness in multiple realms of life, offering emotional, social, personality, career, and physical and mental health benefits.”
Darius Foroux lays it out simply by explaining that we all want to wake up happy, go to work happy and come home happy. He goes on to say: When you’re grateful, you don’t only feel better, you also get a better life…Good things come to those who appreciate what they have.
On the flip side, Foroux reminds us that: Conversely, when you don’t appreciate what you have or what people do for you, you become bitter and resentful. You push the positive people away. And you will only surround yourself with a bunch of other ungrateful people.
Ways to Build Workplace Happiness
Start the Morning Off Right! – Smiling and saying good morning may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes we forget the basics. Hopefully putting some pep in your step in the a.m. will inspire others to follow your lead.
Deliver praise and recognition often – The number one reason people leave their jobs is feeling underappreciated. Be consistent and generous with praise and don’t save it up for your team members’ annual reviews.
Make work fulfilling – Ensure that your staff knows why they are doing what they do and how it moves the company’s mission forward.
Working on Your Own Happiness Isn’t Selfish
Facing opposition or grumpiness as you try to change the culture at your job to one of increased happiness? Don’t get frustrated; focus instead on your own happiness. A few years ago, The Muse put together a list of 37 ways that you can be happier at your job and many of them are easy strategies that you can try out today.
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