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Choose Happiness @ Work

Choose Happiness @ Work

BY Michelle McQuaid

Do you ever wish your workplace was a little happier? Let’s face it most organizations could use a little more joy, connection, kindness, hope and authenticity when it comes to the ways people go about their jobs. But how can you introduce evidence-based positive psychology practices without making people groan in the process?

The Choose Happiness @ Work game by Happy Brain Science is an evidence-based tool to boost positivity, increase team morale, and enhance performance in workplaces that gives you a safe, enjoyable way to discuss issues and solve real workplace problems. You can use it as leadership tool, with teams, or in coaching to introduce positive psychology into the workplace.

The card game consists of 50 scenarios cards that identify common workplace situations and provides a 100 evidence-based solution cards under four categories: Practice Positivity, Subdue Stress, Flow to Goals, or Revitalize Relationships. The dealer takes a scenario card and each player then chooses a solution from the seven cards they’ve been dealt, and explains to others in the game why they feel this solution may best help resolve the scenario. Then the dealer chooses the most helpful and creative response and points are awarded and team actions agreed, before the rounds continue with the dealer rotated.

For example, if the scenario card drawn was: “The politics at work have been especially intense lately. It feels like I must walk on eggshells to avoid problems”. It explains that this is an issue because much of our stress – and happiness- comes from our relationships with each other. Politics can be demoralizing.

Then you could suggest a way forward from these possible solutions cards?

  • Specific Gratitude – Think of three big or little specific things at work you are grateful for and tell others about them in detail. Everybody try it now! (Practising Positivity).
  • Midday workout – Take an exercise break in the middle of your work day. This timing is helpful, giving you more energy for the remainder of your day. (Subdue Stress)
  • Positive Goals – Phrase goals in positive terms. Don’t include what you are trying to prevent or avoid, just describe the future you want. (Flow to Goals)
  • Take Responsibility – Take responsibility and do the right think, acting ethically and authentically. If you made a mistake, act to correct it for all involved. (Revitalize Your Relationships)

How to Get the Tool?

The Choose Happiness @ Work game can be purchased from Happy Brain Science.*

What Have Researchers Found?

  • Practice Positivity –  research suggests you can train your brain to be more positive and resilient by adjusting how you interpret and respond to what’s happening around you. While you can’t always change the scenarios you face in the workplace, choosing to look and feel grateful for the good things around you can help you feel more engaged, motivated, happy and successful at work.  And it appears that experiencing positive emotions at work – such as awe, gratitude, forgiveness, and hope – doesn’t just make you feel happier, but can leave you more likely to be open to new ideas, better at problem solving, and able to foster better relations with others.
  • Subdue Stress – looking after yourself by choosing healthy food, sleeping well, moving regularly and connecting with others can help you buffer stressful events and feel happier as a result. One way to improve your connections with others is to respond enthusiastically to their good news through practicing active constructive listening. Research has found that if you change your relationship with stress, so rather than regarding it as something to be avoided at all costs, you embrace it as an energizing force that can help you stand up for what matters most to you and reach out to others for support you are more likely to feel confident, connected and have higher levels of wellbeing.
  • Flow to Goals – when you are completely absorbed in an activity – in state of flow – you are more likely to feel engaged, energized and satisfied in your job. Flow involves finding the right balance between your skills and new challenges, so you can bring your best strengths and talents to your task at hand. And a growing body of evidence suggests finding new ways to develop your strengths – those things you are good at and enjoy doing -each day can help you feel more engaged, be more productive and find a greater sense of meaning in your work.
  • Revitalize Relationships – building and maintaining high quality connections – the small moments of genuine connection with others have been found to be critical building blocks for bringing out the best in people and organizations. Focusing on these moments can help enhance your performance, engagement, creativity, commitment, and that of others around you. Studies suggest you can build high quality connections by giving others your undivided attention, encouragement, assistance, support and trust.

*Please note we receive no commission on this tool, and are sharing it as we believe it is a valuable tool for creating more happiness at work.

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