Are you having a happiness oriented experience at work ?

IF YES – then you may be among the lucky ones who work in a company where happiness of employees is a business strategy, and may be where a Chief Happiness Officer is specially dedicated to monitor and analyze the happiness levels in your organization in order to manage employee engagement, retention and performance.

IF NO – Nominate your inner Chief Happiness Officer for 2017 and elaborate your own happiness formula out of the 12 ingredients below – (inspired by The How of Happiness from S. Lyubomirsky):

1. Expressing gratitude for what you have – either privately through comtemplation or journaling or to a close other or to one or more individuals whom you’ve never properly thanked.

2. Cultivating Optimism imagine and write about the best possible future for yourself, or practicing to look at the bright side of every situation.

3. Avoiding overthinking and social comparison: Using strategies such as distraction to cut down on how often you dwell on your problems and compare yourself to others.

4. Practicing acts of kindness: Doing good things for others, whether friends or strangers, either directly or anonymously, either spontaneously or planned.

5. Nurturing relationships: Picking a relationship in need of strengthening, and investing time and energy in healing, cultivating, affirming, and enjoying it.

6. Doing more activities that truly engage you: Increasing the number of experiences at home and work in which you “lose” yourself, which are challenging and absorbing.

7. Replaying and savoring life’s joys: Paying close attention, taking delight, and going over life’s momentary pleasures and wonders – through thinking, writing, drawing, or sharing with another.

8. Committing to your goals: Picking one, two, or three significant goals that are meaningful to you and devoting time and effort to pursuing them.

9. Developing strategies for coping: Practicing ways to endure or surmount a recent stress, hardship, or trauma.

10. Learning to forgive: Keeping a journal or writing a letter in which you work on letting go of anger and resentment towards one or more individuals who have hurt or wronged you.

11. Practicing religion and spirituality: Becoming more involved in your church, temple, or mosque, or reading and pondering spiritually-themed books.

12. Taking care of your body: Engaging in physical activity, meditating, and smiling and laughing.

As 2016 draws to a close it is a good time to reflect on and acknowledge everything that you have accomplished during the year. May 2017 bring you even more opportunities than you had imagined so it becomes your best year yet!