3 Good Things – International Week of Happiness at Work – Webinar
Julie Denning, Managing Director, W2W
Over the last couple of years, I have and continue to think a lot about happiness. This has had its roots in understanding compassion, self-soothing and switching focus. There’s a sense of contentment around happiness, a willingness to explore the unknown, a sense of security that comes from openness, a freedom. Children show happiness all the time. Often in the simplest of things, last week, it was the delight of my 12 year old catching me out in a ‘knock knock’ joke (in my defence, I was preparing dinner). As adults, I think we lose sight of what being happy is. We get so entrenched in the “busyness” of life that we don’t stop and take stock of the good stuff all around us. The stuff that makes us happy.
A bit of a turning point for me came during ‘the Lockdowns’ when my children and I got “Netflixed” with Marie Condo’s series of keeping tidy the Japanese way (which has itself sparked lots of similar programmes since). The ‘sparking joy’ concept resonated with us all and for a long time afterwards, we regularly asked ourselves ‘does this spark joy?’. We started to move away from items, stuff, things and towards experiences, day trips and events.
It wasn’t a huge leap for me to then introduce it into my work life with my patients. I started to notice just how much ‘fun’ wasn’t being paid attention to. People weren’t tuning in to the good things happening around them. Fun was lost. Suddenly asking the question ‘does it spark joy? made sense. It reminded me of a piece of research that has shown that tuning in to 3 good things that have happened each day can help us to feel less stressed, anxious and fed up. These three things don’t have to be big, just meaningful to you. You can write them down, expand on them, make an essay of them if you like. The main point is, focus on them. Help your brain to see both the good and bad in a day.
So, for this happiness at work week, we’re hosting a special edition of ‘Elevenses’ where we’ll help you switch your focus to the here and now and celebrate ‘3 good things’. More info and register here.
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