What Jen said… smile & be grateful
'Happy people' are more satisfied with their jobs and report having greater self-determination in their daily duties. It’s also been proven that simply just smiling releases dopamine, endorphins and serotonin into your brain, which make you happier. Smiling being something that we’re actively encouraged to do by our Country Manager, Dan Joy. Not that we need much encouragement in this area, our laughs can often be heard echoing around the office (literally...ask anyone who works on Ikano’s 4th floor).
It’s easy to be wrapped up in our day to day jobs, spent staring at screens and often forgetting to look up and take notice of those around us. A simple smile can spread positivity to those around you, much like yawns - smiles are contagious! I personally like to surround myself with positive people - my friends and family are all genuinely the epitome of positivity. I believe in the saying ‘misery loves company’. One negative comment or thought can escalate into a bad mood that hangs over everyone around you like a black cloud, which isn’t good for self-esteem and mindfulness.
I’ve recently discovered a podcast (so late to the party I know), Fearne Cotton’s ‘Happy Place’ and I recommend it to anyone who will listen (seriously think she owes me some commission). She invites guests to tell their stories and everyone that she speaks to have such a positive outlook on life despite going through hard times. It really is inspirational and listening to the podcast has prompted me to start writing ‘gratitude lists’. At the end of every day, write out everything that you are grateful for as a reminder that regardless of all the things you may have got bogged down with during the day, there is also a lot to be thankful for.