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During the International Week of Happiness at Work , join the Global Online Happiness at Work Summit, where 20+ world-class practitioners, facilitators, and consultants in Happiness at Work from over 15 countries will share their experiences of creating the happiest workplaces around the globe.
For all managers, senior leaders, CEO, HR professionals, consultants, change makers & others interested in:
💡Happiness at Work
💡Leadership and organisations
💡Learning how to improve: employee retention, profitability, sales
💡Leading with Happiness
💡Creating workplaces of the future
💡The future of work
💡A healthy workplace
💡Happy work culture
In 2018, in Belgium, the International Week of Happiness at Work, was organized by our Belgian colleagues Griet and Kim. The worked closely together with Cevora, Toon Schouteden. We met Toon years ago in Copenhagen at the Woohoo Academy, and enjoyed his sense of humor and openness. We asked him about his experience during the Week, to check if he is still as funny as back then.
Toon Schouteden: “I work for a large sector fund where I am responsible for organizing for training in wellbeing. 1 in 4 employees makes use of our training in Belgium. We have decided to participate in the Week of Happiness at Work because we believe in the long-term employability of employees when people like to work and are happy in their job. That is why we want to improve the awareness of happiness.
We organized several courses during the week, such as training on positivity at work, a session of breathing techniques, a workshop of happy yoga and a real conference we called a funference, haha. One organization had a workshop op happy yoga planned for their 45 employees, it was hilarious, relaxing and fun to do.
The most important message I have understood is that you can achieve far more than what some dare to claim just with only an optimistic view and a positive mindset.”
How was your week of “Happiness at Work” ?
From September 24th to 28th2018, on the initiative of Happy Office in the Netherlands, we at Outplace Yourself celebrated the first-ever International Week of Happiness at Work.
On Monday, we started off with a chance to celebrate yourself…
Researchers call gratitude “the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself; it is a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation.”. Many studies connect gratitude with a sense of overall well-being.
Practicing gratitude flood your brain with feel-good chemicals like serotonin.
The other effect of the gratitude routine is to train our mind to recognise what is positive in our day and therefore to become more conscious about these life moments instead of being constantly tuned into our usual “what next” modus operandi.
A good time for a 5 minutes gratitude pause can be the evening but you can pick any time you prefer. It’s easy, it only takes to start mentally a sentence by
“Today I am grateful for:” and to think about minimum 3 reasons. It can also be something you write down. Up to you.
On Day 2 of the International Week of Happiness at Work, we invited you to practice Cardiac Coherence exercises….
The cardiac coherence is a state of coherent heart rate variability that balances the nervous system and emotional state.
The nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine and immune systems are working efficiently and in harmony. Coherence is the basis of optimum performance and health in the human being.
This can be attained through this 5-minutes breathing technique. Through a regular practice, it’s our entire body that finds a balance. The 5 minutes exercises are to be performed 3 times a day, each day, ideally every 5 hours.
On Challenge day 4, you were invited to treat yourself, and more specifically to treat others around you….
Engaging in an act of kindness and attention to others induces improvements in psychological flourishing. It increases positive emotions and feelings such as happiness, joy, and enjoyment.
A simple act of kindness can change our perspective in any given circumstance. It directly lifts our mood and improves our well-being.
A kind word, feedback, time to carefully listen to a colleague: Not only you make others’ day somewhat lighter, but you also contribute to improving your self-esteem, your optimism, and your immune system thanks to the production of oxytocin. Moreover, it’s highly contagious: people receiving a sign of kindness are more likely to pass it around.
On Friday, we closed the International week of happiness at work with a Smile :-).
Remember each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits y
On Friday, we closed the International week of happiness at work with a Smile. 😉
Remember each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. The world is simply a better place when you smile, so give it a go…and keep smiling!
In the first year of the International Week of Happiness at Work, already 30 countries joined. To be honest, we were blown away! So many?! All over the world, from our neighbors in Belgium to Mongolia and Australia. Some initiatives were small, others were larger. Let’s spread even more happiness over the globe this year.