On 12th July 2012, the United Nations (UN) proclaimed ‘20th March’ the International Day of Happiness. So today, as a nation we are to commemorate this event by recognising the relevanceof happiness and well-being!
In his number 1 and multiplatinum selling song ‘Happy’, Pharrell Williams defines happiness as ‘…a room without a roof’; Pauline Estrem, contributing author of ‘Success Magazine’ suggests that ‘Perhaps the true meaning of happiness will always remain elusive…we can tell you with utmost certainty one thing that happiness is: a choice’.
Essentially, overwhelming research tells us that happiness empowers us to make a positive difference in our lives and in the lives of others and is vital to our overall well-being. We already know that in business well-being is a driver of employee engagement, and companies who do invest in the well-being of their workforce cite increases in engagement levels.
Nic Marks, author of ‘The Happiness Manifesto’ and founder of ‘Happiness Works’ also suggest that ‘…happiness pays! ‘People who are happier at work are more productive- they are more engaged, more creative and have better concentration’. Productive, engaged more creative andbetter concentration?’ Seems like a wish list for many companies, however it really can be achieved.
The easiest way to ‘achieve’ a happier workforce is to spread it. It’s free so that means no overheads, no big sign-offs, no ‘happy teams’ or endless meetings and strategy’s. As mentioned earlier, it does require people who recognise the relevance of happiness and well-being and incorporate it in the way they work. This is clearly a win-win situation for the company and the workforce.
So to keep up with the momentum, here are some ways you can effectively spread happiness at work:
- Sincerely celebrate success and recognise those who are part of it
- Involve people in matters that affect them – and listen to what they have to say
- Make presentations and meetings more interesting with a few slides to encourage laughter and smiles. Let’s try and avoid ‘death by PowerPoint’ at all costs
- Place positive quotes or imagery placed around the office building. This helps to reinforce positive attitudes especially when times are tough
- Be nice
- Smile and have a laugh every now and then
Happy ‘Happiness Day’ all!!