Last week’s tip was about creating positive meetings and so is this week’s. Only this tip is really, really simple. Ready:
Bring a bowl of candy to a meeting today.
That’s it. Bring candy to a meeting. And share it, obviously, I didn’t mean for you to sit there gorging yourself with everyone else looking on enviously.
Something nice happens to the mood when people eat together, even if they’re only munching on licorice. For extra bonus points:
- Bring candy that makes it hard to speak. It’s fun to see a co-worker explain something serious while chewing on a jawbreaker and it lowers the tempo of meetings, resulting in more time for reflection and ideas.
- If the meeting gets tense, pass the bowl around. This can break the tension when everyone is chewing winegums.
- Replace the candy with something healthier but equally delicious. Strawberries, cherries, apples…
Try to avoid the heavy stuff like donuts and danish – they give people a heavy sugar rush that makes them hyper at first and then tired and apathetic after 30 minutes.
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.