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Habits of happy people at work

Happiness at work
Research has revealed that there are simple, concrete things you can do to feel more positive and happier. Like working out and eating healthy takes effort and commitment, being happy at work is something you have work on. It’s a skill that can be learn but takes practice.

Here are a few habits and daily routines you can adopt in pursuit of your happiness at work:

Affirmative staff recognition – Positive recognition of your staff not only increases staff happiness, moral and job satisfaction, but will also make you feel good.

Smile regularly – Smiling not only shows others around that you are feeling good but will also get your endorphins moving and make you feel happier and lower your stress levels.

Never focus on the clock – We all have experiences one of those days that just seems to drag on and all you can think about end of the work day and leaving. Clock watching only makes the day longer. Rather focus on work and set small goals and task for yourself.

Don’t hold grudges – A key to happiness at work and home is to let go of grudges. Not something easy to do but with practice you will succeed.

Take care of your health – Exercising regularly will help to boost your energy levels and will make a huge difference in how you feel.

Don’t forget to laugh – Laughing is good for your internal functions, as it reduces blood pressure and stress, releases endorphins, and causes a general sense of well-being.

Follow a balanced nutrition plan – Eating healthy will avoid health issues that cause stress level to  rise. The food you eat will have an impact on how you feel.

Don’t be afraid to delegate – Delegating task to employees will build loyalty amongst staff but also will reduce your stress levels and pressures of deadlines. You will also get the satisfaction of managing your department knowing that all tasks are taken care of.

Create goals and celebrate your victories – Break your larger tasks into smaller goals that you can celebrate once achieved. Celebrating your achievements release dopamine, a brain chemical related to happiness and motivation.

Find your passion – We all can fantasize about that dream job that pays well, work with likable colleagues and still be home in time for dinner. But the perfect position might not exist. Rather focus on how you think about your current situation.

Acknowledge your life accomplishments – Looking back at past accomplishments helps to relive the joy of your past successes and produces that all-important serotonin in the brain.

Take responsibility for your action – Taking responsibility for your actions will help you to avoid the stress of trying to blame someone else and the ensuing relationships issues that will follow. Taking responsibility keeps your integrity intact – and that feels good.

Avoid eating lunch at your desk – Take a break and leave the office for lunch. The break from the office environment and fresh air will make you feel good and refreshed.

Get a full nights sleep – Getting a good night sleep will not only improve your productivity but also your mood and level of happiness.

Pick your battles to fight – By carefully selecting the battles you wish to fight will reduce stress and improve your overall happiness. Others will also listen to you and respect you opinion when you do choose to express yourself.

Take time to reduce stress – Taking a break is essential given the intense business world. This could include a weekend getaway, meditating each, or even hanging out with friends and family.

What Do Successful People Do Before They Go To Bed

Before you Sleep

So what do you do at night before you go to sleep? Do you check your email and surf the web? The time before going to sleep is a critical time to make sure that you close off your day, make plans for the next day, but most of all calm your mind and have a restful sleep.

Too many people get this all wrong. There is so much one can do in a day and avoid burnout. Burning the candle at both ends will only make you unproductive, unhappy, increase your stress levels, and potentially cause long-term health problems.

Here are few things to consider and do before going to sleep at night:

  • It is important to spend quality time with your family.
  • Spend time with your friends.
  • Take the time to do some reading and try avoid reading on your tablet.
  • Wrap up you day and decide that it is over. Disconnect from work.
  • Make a list of what you have accomplished in day.
  • Keep a journal next to your bed and take time to reflect on your day and write down the positive things.
  • Take some quiet time to think and plan your day ahead.
  • Listen to some music.
  • Turn off all computers, tablets, and cellphones.
  • Do some mediation and clear your mind.
  • Make sure you get at least 7 hours of sleep.
  • Envision your day ahead and make a to-do list.

Most people evening routine is the most underestimated habit, yet it is critical for everyone when it comes to changing your day and make sure that you protect your long-term health and productivity. Remember the last thing you do every day will have a significant impact on your mood and energy level the next day.

How to declutter your life and home for good and move on

Clutter

It is that time of year to start thinking of the new year and resolutions for 2015. You be looking back at the past year wondering if you kept any of the resolutions you made. What if one of your resolutions was to get rid of all the clutter in your home and life but have not succeeded completely.

Having clutter in your life and home is similar to a bad relationship. The day will come when you hit a wall and realize that you have had enough and it’s time to stand up for yourself and move finally clear your life of the clutter. This might seem a lot easier when you enjoy seeing all your familiar stuff when you walk from room to room.

Many research studies have revealed that clutter is one of the main causes of elevated stress and can trigger depression. Living in clutter can have a huge impact on your health and cause physical, emotional and mental harm .

Clutter is a major problem and only grows worse over time. You might be asking yourself how you can break the habit. Perhaps getting rid of the clutter in your life is  a good resolution to take on for 2015.

Here are few tips and helpful hints to de-clutter and bring order in your life and home.

Seek an outside perspective – Get help from someone who has never been to your house, a friend who has not been around to visit in a while, or perhaps a highly opined relative.

Get rid of your clutter for a cause – Take an honest look at all the old clothes and shoes you she hoarded, and think about all the needy people you can help with a donation.

Be brave and let go – Still have the t-shirt your first boyfriend or girlfriend gave? What about the old cast from when you broke a bone all those years ago? Be brave and trash it.

No compromise or maybe’s– It is best to make three piles of stuff: one for trash, one for donations, and one to keep. The third pile should be the smallest.

Get rid of the household hazards – All those moldy and dusty piles of things you no longer touch will lower your air quality and can be the cause of illness and allergies.

Get rid of stuff and reclaim your space – Get rid of all those things that are just taking up space and create a whole new use for the area it is taking up.

We often hear that famous saying that opposites attract, but this not the case when it comes to clutter. Clutter only grows and over time you become more comfortable with it. You might even become desensitized and not even notice all the clutter in your house and environment.

It is never  quick and painless exercise  to get rid your clutter. There is never a good time to say enough is enough. Like a band-aid, just rip it off. When you finally have to courage and get rid of all your clutter you with feel a huge sense of relief and be very thankful your did.

Four tips to avoiding work stress

Stress Management

Often in the workplace, stress is considered normal. Excessive stress at times can have a negative effect on your personal health as well as productivity. People tend to believe that stress management is a big deal, but if you stay focused and think about aspects that are in your control this is not the case. If you do not manage your stress in the early stages it may cause bigger problems later on.

Here are some time management tips to regain your control over difficult situation and handle stress effectively.

Balance your work-life schedule

Make a schedule or to do list of all responsibilities you have with family and work and how much time each responsibility takes. This should help balance you work and family life. Eating a healthy diet and getting sleep for 6-8 hours will also be a positive factor to combating stress.

Don’t over-commit

Once you have created your schedule work out what is a must and what is a should be done. Then start with the most important tasks and work your wa down. Those tasks you have put on your to do lst that are really not important, take off. Remember it is not possible to work non-stop for 8-9 hours.

Reach office earlier

Try to get to work early. Even 10-15 minutes can bring huge difference between rushing toward your seat and peacefully starting your day. Don’t add one more stress in your list by coming late to office.

Organize your breaks

Stepping away from your tasks and taking small breaks will make you relax and recharge you to conquer new challenges. Have a 3 to 4 minute break every now and again will help decrease stress levels.

Pressure at work is sometimes motivating but excessive amount of it results in stress. By effectively managing your time you can organize your tasks, meet your deadlines, and beat work-related stress

To try new things….Stop. Think. Act.

Businessman with Ear Protectors Hold Help Sign between Screaming Businesswoman
When we’re on the hamster wheel of overwhelm, we get into stressful rut of trying to get it all done each day. We do little to inspire ourselves or to tap into our own creative energy. Something like listening to new music increases mental acuity gets new neurons firing. We need to tackle new challenges.

The success we’ve earned causes our minds to become locked on what has worked for us so far. As the Zen master Suzuki Roshi says: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.”

According to behavioral therapist Andrea Kuszewski, this is what’s going on when we learn
something new: “When you seek novelty, several things are going on. First of all, you are creating new synaptic connections with every new activity you engage in. These connections build on each other, increasing your neural activity, creating more connections to build on other connections—learning is taking place.”

New experiences trigger the release of dopamine, motivating us, which in turn leads to
neurogenesis, or the creation of new neurons and new neural connections.Putting ourselves in a position to reflect, try new things, and continue to learn widens our perspectives and brings numerous physical benefits. Plus, it’s often just plain fun.

Here are a few things to consider to keep yourself mindful and inspired.

1. Get clear about what makes you fulfilled.
2. Be intentional about trying new things.
3. Lose the need to be perfect.
4. Variety is the spice of (longer) life.

It’s all a matter of energy – getting it, using it, and regenerating it. We all have choices we
don’t take. When we can stop, reflect, and make intentional choices that keep us energized, inspired and fulfilled, we’re on the road to not just mindfulness, but enduring happiness.