Fun + Happiness = Success

happinessThere’s this concept out there in life floating around that says people should actually enjoy what they do for a living and have fun.  Who would have thought?  To think, you could wake up everyday and be re-energized by the work that you do and by the people that share your passion and vision.  More importantly, a major side effect of this experience is that three-letter word often pined for in the workplace — FUN!

Could fun in the workplace really exist?  Laughter, smiles, enthusiasm, excitement — these are all things that unfortunately become smothered in the workplace when deadlines loom, budgets go awry, and a lack of culture that welcomes individuality in the pursuit of individual happiness is created.  Wait; re-read that last part again…”a lack of culture that welcomes individuality in the pursuit of individual happiness.”  What can that possibly mean?

Happiness-HandsWell for starts, you can’t have fun if you aren’t happy.  Ever see an unhappy person try to fake having fun? It’s uncomfortable for everyone.  In order to have fun, regardless if it’s in the workplace or in life, you need to be happy.  But the user, not the viewer, determines happiness.  What makes me happy is going to be completely different from what makes you happy.  And because of this, fun, which is a derivative of happiness, must be obtained and exuded on an individual level.

So what can you do as a leader to create a culture that welcomes individuality in the pursuit of individual happiness?  You need to constantly present, communicate, and role model the following things:

1.) Decide what it is that will make you happy.  Is it money, friends, family, fulfillment, having your voice heard?  Whatever it may be do not concern yourself with whether what makes YOU happy is comparable to that of your peers.  Surround yourself with reminders of what it is that makes you happy and take some time each day to re-visit them.

2.) Understand that everyone deserves happiness. If people think they don’t deserve to be happy or have the capacity to be happy they will continually sabotage their own ability to be happy.  Remind yourself what makes you happy and let other people know too.  By constantly communicating what makes you happy you naturally reinforce that happiness within yourself.  This is a great tool for leaders.

3.) Stop complaining.  If people put half as much effort into solving problems as they do in complaining, just imagine what we could accomplish.  People, things, and events cannot make you upset, angry, or let down — you choose to react that way.  Downsize the complaint department to increase your fun power.  It’s not science it’s simply happiness.  Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.  Want to be a progressive leader? Create a zero-tolerance policy around complaining.

4.) Dance like no one is looking — let go of your need to impress others.  I have never been accused of being normal.  I am quirky, goofy, eccentric, always smiling, always joking, and yes — I can even lose my filter from time-to-time.  But heck, that’s me!  What you see is what you get. Stop trying so hard to be something or someone you are not just to make other people like you.  People are drawn to individuality because individuality exudes confidence.  Confidence can’t be seen if it’s covered with masks.  Take off those masks.

5.) Surround yourself with happy people.  We’ve all worked with a Debby-downer.  It’s as simple as this – you become a product of your environment.  Meaning, happiness and fun is contagious.  I mean, it’s really really hard not to laugh and have fun when people around you are doing just that.  Try and hold it in – I bet you’ll end up snorting.

6.) Be bad.  What?! That’s right — I am giving you permission to be bad.  Rules and policies are necessary to create structure in the workplace.  But if everyone followed every rule and every policy life would be boring.  Being rebellious is fun, exciting and healthy. Just make sure to do it in moderation.  Even break one of your personal rules. Just don’t do something illegal or that can cause termination because prison and/or the unemployment line aren’t the most positive environments for creating happiness and fun.

7.) Let go of your limiting beliefs.  Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re probably right.  From now on everything is possible.  Do not allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in neutral.  Pop that sucker into drive and enjoy the ride as your potential destination options now become limitless.

8.) Never, ever take anything personal.  This one is so tough because it involves a faux sense of attack on someone’s ego, pride, dignity, and emotions — and that’s a hard pill to have to swallow.  But think about it this way… if someone is verbally attacking you, leveraging their negative energy, being rude the real problem is on them, not you.  It’s incredibly hard to be the better person and not have an emotional attachment to an attack on your pride and/or ego but remember, you create your happiness and thus you can choose how to react.  Choose the high road but don’t choose to take it personal.

So as leaders, students, managers, people of goofiness it is our sole responsibility to help our staff pursue their own happiness to ensure a fun and productive workplace.  This is because happiness cannot be gained through uniformity, but individuality.  Creating a culture that welcomes individuality in the pursuit of individual happiness will create a direct path to success.

Fun

Create a healthy day!

– CMS

 

Founder, RemixYourHealth

http://www.CoreyMSchwartz.com

Leading with Zest

happiness There’s this concept out there in life floating around that says people should actually enjoy what they do for a living and have fun.  Who would have thought?  To think, you could wake up everyday and be re-energized by the work that you do and by the people that share your passion and vision.  More importantly, a major side effect of this experience is that three-letter word often pined for in the workplace —  FUN !

Could fun in the workplace really exist?  Laughter, smiles, enthusiasm, excitement — these are all things that unfortunately become smothered in the workplace when deadlines loom, budgets go awry, and a lack of culture that welcomes individuality in the pursuit of individual happiness is created.  Wait; re-read that last part again…”a lack of culture that welcomes individuality in the pursuit of individual happiness.”  What can that possibly mean?

Happiness-HandsWell for starts, you can’t have…

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