While work is a place where stress is usually more prevalent than happiness — especially in the world of retail — there is no reason you can’t change that. In fact, you can actually learn how to be happy at work with a few easy steps. As seen on the Today Show, the numbers 5, 3, and 1 can have a positive impact on your health and happiness. Let me explain how…
First, you should spend at least 5 minutes a day meditating. It doesn’t have to be deep meditation, but just taking the time to focus on your breathing can diminish stress and help you to relax. “In as little as 30 days, 20 minutes of this kind of practice strengthened and built more grey matter in the brain’s pre-frontal cortex, which is the area of the brain associated with attention, emotion regulation and executive decision making,” psychologist Shilagh Mirgain found.
The second step is to write down 3 good things that happen every day. When you think about the positive things that happen instead of the negative, it is likely to improve your mood. It’s definitely worth a try, considering it takes less than a minute to do! Overtime, this will help to train your brain to focus more on the positives than the negatives.
Lastly, perform 1 act of kindness everyday to increase your happiness. By extending kindness to others, you are more likely to receive it, and in turn, you will feel more fulfilled and happy. From something as simple as throwing away a coworker’s trash to buying someone’s coffee, acts of kindness can be contagious and benefit everyone involved.
These tips will help you to become happier overall, whether it is while you are at work, with your family and friends, or just living your life. I recommend that you try these three simple steps and see for yourself if you feel happier.
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