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Monday tip: Five things that made you happy at work today

The Chief Happiness Officer's monday tipsThis monday tip is about reminding yourself what’s good about your job.

Your monday mission: Today before you go home, grab a piece of paper and write down five things that made you happy at work today. Big or small, doesn’t matter, as long as it made your day a little better. Meat loaf day at the cafeteria. Making a deadline. Talking to a co-worker. Anything.

Make the list just before you leave work. If you can’t come up with five items for the list, that’s fine, write down as many as you can. If you can’t think of a single one, then either it’s been a bad day, or it’s time to look for a new job :o)

Why is this a good thing? Well, let’s say you’ve had ten good experiences at work today and one bad one. If you go home, thinking only of the bad one, you will remember this as a bad day. It will even feel as a bad day. And most people do have a tendency to remember negative experiences better than positive ones. This makes it a good idea to take extra care to remember good experiences, eg. by writing them down.

The Chief Happiness Officer’s monday tips are simple, easy, fun things you can do to make yourself and others happy at work and get the work-week off to a great start. Something everyone can do in five minutes, tops. When you try it, write a comment here to tell me how it went.

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Monday tip: Praise a co-worker

The Chief Happiness Officer's monday tipsFor my very first monday tip, I’ll start with something really, really simple but extremely powerful: Praise.

Your monday mission: Praise someone.

Pick a co-worker and give that person positive feedback. It can be on something he or she has done recently (“I really enjoyed your idea about developing the Hansen account”) or on what you generally appreciate about that person (“I really like the way you always add great ideas to our project meetings”).

Don’t make a big production out of it, just go up to a colleague, deliver your praise and then get back to work. Do not hang around waiting to be praised back :o) Also do not add a “…but you really need to improve your…” after the praise :o)

Remember that whatever praise you choose to give has to be genuine. You can’t praise just to praise, so think about something you truly appreciate about that person.

For extra bonus points:

  • Praise someone you don’t talk to often. It’s a great way to establish contact.
  • Praise your manager. Managers often hear very little praise from their employees. But: Don’t kiss butt – only genuine praise counts.
  • If you really want a challenge, praise someone you don’t like much or someone you’re currently having a conflict with. It can be a great way to get un-stuck. Can’t think of anything positive about that person? Try again – there’s always something.

The Chief Happiness Officer’s monday tips are simple, easy, fun things you can do to make yourself and others happy at work and get the work-week off to a great start. Something everyone can do in five minutes, tops. When you try it, write a comment here to tell me how it went.

New feature: Monday tips

Monday TipsImagine getting in to work one monday morning. Early. Too early. It’s raining. Not even coffee seems to help. The work week ahead of you seems very, very long.

Perfect time to do something to make yourself or your colleagues happy at work. But what to do?

This is where the Chief Happiness Officer’s monday tips come in. Every monday I’ll post a simple idea, tool or trick you can use to make yourself and/or others happy at work. Something so simple that:

  • Anyone can do it
  • It’ll take five minutes, tops
  • It’ll be fun to do

First monday tip is coming this monday. Let me know how it goes when you try it.