Being happy is a decision we make every day - it is the new definition of luxury

Being happy is a decision we make every day - it is the new definition of luxury
13 Oct 2020

It’s not easy to stay happy these days when everything seems uncertain and endless stream of bad is news is pushing the boundaries of our mental health. There is an extraordinary level of uncertainty right now, and that produces fear, despair, helplessness and anxiety. Whatever it is, optimism feels like a luxury that few of us can afford. Haresh Dutt, storyteller and content creator give his take on staying bubbly and always joyful.

1. Do something that makes you feel good

Enjoy your favorite things like your morning coffee, listen to music, hit the gym or just stretch at your desk before responding to emails or rushing to work, warm up the mind and build the mood for the rest of the day. Personally, the sound track from “Selling Sunset” on my Spotify at the moment is simply energising on my journey to work.

2. Begin your day on a good note

How you feel in the morning affects how you feel at work for the rest of the day. Guard your energy by only having positive interactions. Greet everyone with a warm smile and wish them a good day ahead. You too will have a good day.

4. Make fewer decisions - Autopilot some

Decision fatigue is real. From what to wear, what to eat and what to do first- each decision can cause mental drain. Protect your energy levels by prioritizing and remove unnecessary decisions. I pre- pack my healthy lunch and have my work wear planned out for the week. Also, it’s important to declutter and organise your space so you don’t have to waste time looking for things – this gives you time to focus on more important things that require all your attention.

3. Help a colleague

Helping your co-workers seems to create a virtuous cycle. You don’t have to do anything huge or heroic to help. Grab your colleague’s favorite beverage when you get your coffee, say a nice thing sincerely – make someone’s day.

4. Celebrate your wins

One of the most powerful feeling is when you’re moving forward and making meaningful progress. Try this: Before you start your workday, write down three small things you will get done. Do them, preferably before you even open your email or take a phone call. Cross them off your list. At the end of the day, go back and look at your list and acknowledge that you made progress.

5. End your workday with a simple gratitude pause

We’re conditioned by evolution to seek out what’s wrong and focus on it: this helps us protect ourselves from danger, which is good, but it makes it more difficult to be happier. The good news is that you can train your brain to better remember the positive things. In other words, you can fight your natural negativity bias. For example, the simplest way to do this is to think of something you appreciate about your day and write it down.