Joy in the Workplace
One of my favorite parts of my job as a coach is that I get the opportunity to help bring joy back into people’s lives.
For many people, joy is a secondary priority which gets forgotten about in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Joy is a constant practice for me and I’ve found that I have to be very intentional about it, or it won’t happen.
Most of us don’t view the workplace a source of joy. But why not? Joy can be found in any part of your life, if you learn to seek it out and nurture it. Here are a few tips on how to bring more joy into your workplace experience...
#1Tell the right story. It doesn’t matter what job you do. If you think of your job as a drag, if you tell yourself that story, then it will be. But if you think of what you do as a choice - if you enroll yourself in what you do - you will find a lot more joy in the workplace.
#2 Set aside the time for gratitude. My mother showed me by example how to enroll in what you do. She worked in a post office and I got to witness the way she reminded herself every day that her work is a choice and that she liked doing it. As a coach, I do the same thing. Set aside some time in your morning to remind yourself that you’re grateful for what you do and I promise you’ll find more joy in the workplace.
#3 Bring levity into the conversations you are having at work. I love being able to laugh with my clients. Sometimes we take ourselves, and our work, a little too seriously. It’s not all that dire! Remember that the people you work for and with are human beings just like you. Have some fun with them! When you bring levity into your interactions, you are brightening the day for yourself and for others.
Give these a shot and let me know how it goes!
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