How was your day? The typical range of responses range from Good or Bad & through Indifference. Perhaps the day was one long interruption & you leave with the complaint of wondering what you really got done. How often is the answer an enthusiastic awesome? Well there a couple of things that you can do, that are easy to, that will start making better days out of Same Stuff Different Days.
Joyce Bono and Theresa Glomb wrote about this in a recent Harvard Business Review article – The Powerful Effect of Noticing Good Things at Work.
We learned from our research that thinking about positive events in a systematic way can be healthy. We suggest that instead of ruminating about negative things, you try to “savor” — relive, enjoy, and share — the positive events of your day.
This systematic way is simple, easily done & should be done. At the end of the day, take a few moments to write down several things that went well. Over the course of several weeks, this practice becomes a habit and stress levels will subside.
Another way is start the day with good feelings as a choice for the day.
Theresa Glomb expands on the concept in an independent TEDx video – Let’s Make Work Better.
- At the end of the day, ask & answer ‘what three good things happen & why?
- Make meaningful progress on projects by being deliberately intentional as to what can be done today.
- Helping others is an act of happiness.
In between these three steps, Glomb advises against multitasking as all that does is leave a trail of incompleteness.
I’ll end with my favorite top three was to have a happier day. Have Fun, Choose Kindness & Be Present.
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. the Dalai Lama