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employee health wellbeing work 200pxCan our work increase our sense of happiness or is happiness helping us work better?  

It seems this is a case of the chicken and the egg and that it can work both ways. A win-win situation for us and for our company therefore. But our days at work are not always all sunshine and roses… so how do we get into the happy virtuous circle?

Here are a few tips to get you started on the “happy at work” road.

  1. Reconnect with what made you chose that work in the first place. What is it that makes you tick there?  How does it reflect your values? What is really important for you in it?  Even if it is only in some small facets of your work that you find what you need, it is important to recognise it and remember it.
  2. At the end of every day, find three things that have made you smile, have brought you joy or have been just plain nice: a kind gesture from a colleague, a thank you note from a client or just a ray of sunshine on your desk!
  3. Connect with your colleagues: it is not just about work work work! Have a laugh, a chat and a cup of tea with someone at work and learn to know them as a person.  And why not bring chocolates to the accounting team who helped you when you were in a pickle that past week?
  4. In case of a hiccup, do not waste time lying blame, look for solutions and involve all parties concerned. Do not look back, move forward.
  5. Slow down, do things one step at a time, mindfully. You will make fewer mistakes and enjoy the process more.  Focus on what you do well, do it even better and enjoy every minute of it!
  6. Look for your next challenge. If you feel a bit bored with routine, where could you stretch your abilities, learn something new, bring something more to the table?

So, where are you going to start?


Enlightened Strategies for Peak Performance

Florence is an international expert in Stress and Sleep management, a Performance Coach and Sophrology* Practitioner.

She works with executives who need to perform at a high level and face pressures and challenges on an everyday basis. She teaches them practical tools and strategies to be at their best when they need it most, know how to “switch off” and “on” at will, remain in control, have energy, focus, a clear head and build resilience. With methods similar to those used by Olympians, she helps her clients develop the brain power of a corporate athlete: their mind at its best!

Florence worked in high-performance environments within Strategy Consulting and International Logistics before training as a Sophrology Practitioner and a Coach. She has been running her own business for 8 years. In 2010, Florence opened the first Sophrology training centre in the UK, The Sophrology Academy, recognised in 2013 as a centre of excellence by the profession.

Florence is a member of the Editorial Committee of the French magazine “Sophrologie, Pratiques et Perspectives” and blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and Psychologies Magazine’s Life Labs. She published her first book: Instant Serenity for Life and Work: An Introduction to Sophrology in 2012 and wrote as the burnout expert for Guide de Sophrologie Appliquée, a book directed at Sophrology professionals in France in 2014.

* Sophrology is a very modern and flexible form of mindfulness used in companies, schools and hospitals on the continent for 50+ years to achieve an alert mind in a relaxed body.

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