One way you can help boost awareness of your team’s mental wellbeing is by encouraging everyone to make a commitment to play their part in creating and maintaining happiness in the workplace.
Action for Happiness, an organisation promoting positive social change, believes that each person’s happiness is influenced by the daily choices they make – physical, social, emotional and spiritual. And based on the latest research into what consistently makes our lives happier and more fulfilling, they have identified‘10 Keys to Happier Living’, summarised in a handy acronym ‘GREAT DREAM’.
|Giving › Do things for others||Direction › Have goals to look forward to|
|Relating › Connect with people||Resilience › Find ways to bounce back|
|Exercising › Take care of your body||Emotion › Look for what’s good|
|Awareness › Live life mindfully||Acceptance › Be comfortable with who you are|
|Trying out › Keep learning new things||Meaning › Be part of something bigger|
The first five keys (GREAT) relate to a person’s daily interaction with the outside world, while the second five keys (DREAM) are more about their internal world and their attitude to life.
These 10 keys remind us that each of us have the power to increase our wellbeing – and help make others happier too.
So why not use this framework to start a conversation with your employees about how you can all work together to look after the wellbeing of your team? All it takes to start is to identify one practical change in the workplace that could help create more happiness in the world around you, and then commit as a team to make this small change happen. Perhaps write it up and put it on the wall where the team can see it every day, and make time to chat about your progress in team catch-ups.
The great news is, not only can this small change make a difference to your team, there can be flow on effects; whether that’s for your whole workplace, or in people’s personal lives outside of work, and even in the broader community.
Action for Happiness. Take action [Online; accessed Mar 2016] Available from: www.actionforhappiness.org
United Nations. International Day of Happiness – Overview [Online; accessed Mar 2016] Available from: www.happiness.org.au
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