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Act Your Way to A Better Mood

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 09 Sep 2015

I worked with someone a long time ago who never smiled. Whenever he said something remotely positive I always wanted to say to him, “Why don’t you tell your face!” As it turns out – not bad advice for all us!

Here are three scientifically proven ways to give yourself a happiness boost at work in just a few minutes, according to research presented in the book “59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot” by Richard Wiseman:

Because I’m Happy! Why It Pays to Be Happy At Work

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 25 Jun 2014

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say, but a study reported in the Harvard Business Review conducted by Shawn Achor (author of “The Happiness Advantage”) found that engaging in one brief positive exercise a day for three weeks can have a lasting impact on employees’ levels of happiness – yes, even tax managers heading into one of the worst tax seasons in decades (the study was conducted at the end of 2008). Every day for three weeks participants had to choose to do one of the following activities:

Workplace Happiness Comes in Small Packages

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 07 May 2014

Research into that elusive beast known as happiness suggests that the frequency of positive events happening throughout the day is more important than the intensity of a positive experience. So better, those happy researchers say, to have 15 small happy events spread out throughout the day, rather than just one big happy event. In the workplace, researchers have found that work happiness is far more dependent on the routine moment-to-moment interactions than on more stable long term conditions (such as salary or job title). 

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