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Happiness Hacks to Help You Love Your Work

Alexandria Joy - Monday, April 27, 2015

Happiness is an elusive goal; everyone seems to want it, but by all the "shelf help" books out there my guess is that we are still searching for it. 

Sure it’s not easy to be happy most of the time and many of the solutions suggested in popular culture take a fair bit of effort and TIME, the one thing we all seem to be short of in modern society. 

For example a commonly cited one is to do more exercise. A study cited in the book: “The Happiness Advantage” also confirmed the importance of exercise on our happiness level. Basically, this study looks into three groups of depressed patients found that exercise had the biggest effect in reducing depression. 

Others suggest all you need to do is get more sleep. True we spend roughly one third of our lives sleeping, so you cannot underestimate the importance of sleep, in particular nanna naps. An interesting study in 2011 from BPS Research Digest showed how sleep affected our happiness, in particular that people who take an afternoon nap are desensitized to negative emotions and more responsive to positive ones. But who has time for a nanna nap and unless you work at Google is that acceptable behaviour in your workplace?

So what can you do if you're feeling a bit blue and you're time poor? Well you could ask Siri on your iPhone to tell you a knock knock joke (go on try it). Or you could just watch this 4 min video for my two happiness hacks that will have you faking it until you make it and get happy again in an instant:


What's your #1 tip for getting happy at work? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Don't worry, be happy.
Big smile
Heidi Alexandra 



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Jessica commented on 03-May-2015 06:14 AM
I'm all for number 2 but I would never recommend Botox for happiness! We have Acute Care in the United States which "fills a wrinkle while you sleep, no needles requires" it 's made of just two ingredients, both which are naturally made in your body but diminish as you age. We get a lot of smiles from our customers because they look in the mirror and don't see wrinkles, BUT they still have their expression lines so when they smile, they actually look like they are smiling since their faces aren't paralyzed. I am passionate about this because when I first came to Florida, I was told by a gal, "If you want to compete for a man here, you need to get Botox and a Boob job." Sorry, no man that I want is going to want me to have that done, and no boss I would work for would offer me Botox to make me happy!
Mary Ellen Miller commented on 03-May-2015 11:06 AM
Heidi there is no way I would shoot poison into my face! I would rather just run four miles like I did today! Much better for me and I am smiling, thank you! The video was fun and i agree in mind over matter!
Heidi commented on 03-May-2015 08:47 PM
LOL- sounds like we are on the same page Mary Ellen and Jessica - I'm a natural gal myself too.
Goodness me Jessica don't ever listen to those ladies in Florida you're exceptionally beautiful just the way you are!
Mitch Tublin commented on 04-May-2015 12:25 PM
Heidi - First may I respond to Jessica - Right On! Love your response, you are beautiful the way you are and anyone who meets you and gets to know you will get that in a second! Heidi - With snapchat and Match everyone seems to be so caught up in their best selfie. Sooner or later everyone will need to be able to have a conversation. I never heard of Botox or other enhancements providing the ability to connect with someone intellectually.
Tandy commented on 06-May-2015 05:42 AM
Love this! I'm all about sleep as a way to stay healthy. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep!
Trudy Scott commented on 11-May-2015 10:58 AM
No to botox, yes to sleep, exercise and good quality food! The top researchers on food and anxiety/depression are in Australia and this is the way of the future. Do check out the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatary Research www.isnpr.org, an Australian organization of food mood researchers.

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