Have you ever wondered how happy people stay so happy? How is it that some people walk around with a grey cloud hanging over their heads and other people walk around wearing pink colored glasses? I’ve worked with both extremes; the Negative Nancy and the Happy Hannah types. I like to think of myself as sitting somewhere at the ¾ mark on the happy side of things. There it is, I am a happy yet realistic optimist. How do I maintain my ‘happy’ state? Here are 6 moments I embrace daily to ensure that I benefit from being a ‘glass half full’ kind of gal:
- A Moment of Laughter
“We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.” — William James
There’s physiological evidence that shows that laughing puts you in a better mood. Take time every day to laugh and you’ll find it’s both contagious and uplifting. Surround yourself with funny people, find opportunities to laugh at yourself, and laugh your way to the top. Imagine going to work every day, looking forward to the next laugh attack. It’s not only possible but also conducive to a productive work environment to have a few moments every day where hearty laughter is around you and coming directly from you.
- A Moment of Gratitude
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” — GK Chesterton
Take a moment each day to express gratitude you have for the people in your life, the experiences you’ve had and will have, and the world around you. You can’t physically feel angry or upset and grateful at the same time. Just taking a moment of gratitude will make you happier. I write one handwritten thank you card per week and either hand deliver it or mail it out. I reflect on gratitude via my gratitude journal every night. I frequently post about moments of gratitude on social media. All are great ways to feel grateful and benefit from the peace and happiness it offers and produces.
- A Moment of Celebration
“Celebrate what you’ve accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.” – Mia Hamm
We don’t take the time to celebrate small successes enough – or even big successes. At StaffStat, Inc., we celebrate every single success. Every inch we gain is recognized; every new sale, every new renewal, every moment worthy of mention is celebrated. We celebrate and we continue to push higher, harder, stronger… How can you take at least one moment per day to celebrate the good in your life? Figure it out and make it happen.
- A Moment of Reflection
“It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero
We all lead such busy lives. It’s important to be able to take at least one moment each day where we do nothing but think. Put your phone away, get somewhere by yourself and simply reflect on the day that was and the day that will be, about decisions to come and about what you’ve learned from the past.
- A Moment of Pride
“All your life, other people will try to take your accomplishments away from you. Don’t you take it away from yourself.” — Michael Crichton
A lot of people associate the word “pride” with something negative. But you have so much to be proud of. You can afford to take a least one moment each day where you sit back and appreciate all that you have done and the good person that you are. Take pride in the little things you’ve accomplished in the last day.
- A Moment of Humility
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.” — C.S. Lewis
Pride in your accomplishments is great, but so is a moment of humility, in which you appreciate your tiny role in the profoundly large universe around you. When we take a moment to appreciate the amazing world around us, it’s hard not to be happy for all that we have.