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Culture Transforms.

A strong corporate culture “can account for 20-30% of the differential in corporate performance when compared with culturally unremarkable’ competitors,” says James L. Heskett in his book, The Culture Cycle.

Corporate Culture highlights an organization’s successes, adds lustre to its brand, produces an image that customers and other stakeholders relate to, impacts productivity and business results & produces a shared value system that influences behaviour at the workplace.

We at Happiest Minds have successfully undertaken initiatives that have enhanced our culture.

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…and…Great Cultures translate into Great Workplaces.

We find that these initiatives have translated into our finding ourselves in theTOP 100 Best Companies to Work for in a Great Place to Work® (GPTW) Institute and The Economic Times study.(http://www.happiestminds.com/press-releases/happiest-minds-is-in-indias-top-100-best-companies-to-work-for-list/)

Covering almost 800 companies and an overall number of 155,119 people reviewed, it is a proud moment for us to be in the TOP 100.

In all the five anchors of the Trust Index® – Credibility, Respect, Fairness, Pride, Camaraderie and the overriding GPTW statement, we are on par or way ahead of the average of these companies.

Let us continue to march on in our journey of Happiest People . Happiest Customers.

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Mindfulness – The Key To Resilience

In our daily lives, we are faced with innumerable challenges – personal and professional.

We as a team have had challenging days and weeks – preparation for meetings, completion of assessments, loss of a colleague and so on.

How do we deal with these challenges?

Do we perceive these challenges as major setbacks or moments of growth?

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How do we stay balanced?

How well do we recover?

How do we learn to increase our R.E.S.I.L.I.E.N.C.E?

The World Happiness Report 2015 describes how well-being (happiness) is a skill and how it can be cultivated and trained by working on four areas: Positivity, Resilience, Generosity & Mindfulness.

Resilience can be explained as bounce-back-ability. The ability to get back up after adversity. The ability to look at crisis as an opportunity for self-reflection, learning and growing.

Is there an easy way to increase our Resilience? Apparently, there is.

And the answer is MINDFULNESS.

Resilience is mostly cultivated from within by how we perceive, and then, react to stressors.

A recent study  found that mindful people can cope with difficult thoughts and emotions better without being overwhelmed or shutting down. Pausing and observing the mind helps one to move forward.

Carley Hauck of Stanford University suggests a mindful practice that can help improve our resilience.

  1. “Come into a comfortable and supported seated posture.
  2. Begin to bring your awareness inside and slow down the rhythm of your breathing.
  3. Acknowledge any event that happened today or this week that was difficult.
  4. Bring your awareness to what happened, thoughts, feelings, and let your heart begin to open as you breathe in and out.
  5. Turn towards the moderate difficulty with compassion and acceptance.
  6. Repeat these phrases in whatever order or frequency that feels comfortable to you.

May I be kind to myself.
May I find peace and healing.
I am doing the best that I can in this moment.
May I accept and find ease with things just as they are.”

Often, when life is difficult, we can be overly critical and hard on ourselves, but compassion, not criticism, facilitates greater resilience.

With compassion, we can turn toward the difficult thoughts and emotions and then get back on track with our next wise move.


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Let Us Not Judge

A 24 year old man was looking outside the train window.

He shouted: Dad, look the trees are going backwards.

The father smiled at him.

A young couple sitting nearby were intrigued by the 24 year old’s childish behaviour.

He again exclaimed: Dad! Look. The clouds are running with us!

Unable to resist, the couple said to the father: Why don’t you take your son to a doctor?

The old father smiled and said: I did. We are returning from the hospital. My son was born blind; he just got his eyes today.

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Every person has a story.

And we deal with people all the time.

Let us not judge them before we truly know them.

The truth might shock or amaze us.


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Stop To Email

Emailing allows us to get work done quickly with people across cities, across buildings, across work-stations (J), across geographies.

However, without the emotional signs and social cues of face-to-face or phone interaction, it’s more possible to be misunderstood.

Also, mindless emailing overstuffs everyone’s inboxes.

Let us try Mindful Emailing. With a few mails during the week. Or all of them.

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  1. COMPOSE an email.
  2. STOP to take one long deep breath. Pay attention to the breath. (count of 5 on the inhale and 5 on the exhale, if you like)
  3. THINK of the person to whom the email is going and how you want them to receive your message.
    1. Could they misunderstand your words and become angry or offended?
    2. Are you being more positive than you intend?
  4. LOOK at the draft email again.
  5. OBSERVE how you are.
  6. CHANGE it if appropriate.
  7. PROCEED – send your email

Happy Emailing 🙂


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The Harmony of Life

In music, harmony creates a deeper, blended sound.

In art, harmoniously interacting colors are visually pleasing.

In life, relating to others with compassion and love allows us to align with more beauty and grace.

Harmony is the state that results from ‘making friends’ with realistic people and situations.

It helps us find ‘goodness’ in every person and situation.

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We will then:

**Live With Acceptance

**Live In The Flow

**Be Happiness Evangelists


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Be Nice

 

In a study called ‘Project Aristotle’, Google wanted to know the secret to building a productive team.

Their data-driven approach concluded that the best teams:

  • respect one another’s emotions; and
  • are mindful of one other.

It has less to do with who is in a team; rather it is about how the team interacts with one another.

At the heart of Google’s strategy is the concept of ‘psychological safety’ a model of team work in which ‘members have a shared belief that it is safe to take risks and share a range of ideas without the fear of being humiliated’.

In 1989, Stephen Covey said the same thing in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: members of productive teams take the effort to understand each other, find a way to relate to each other, and then try to make themselves understood.

Harvard professor Amy Edmondson in her study concluded that psychological safety boosted performance in teams.

Google now describes psychological safety as the most important factor to building a successful team.

In short, just be nice.

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Would you Be That 1?

We have been taught that hard work leads to success which in turn leads to happiness.

1But research proves that happiness is a precursor to hardwork and success. Please listen to the TED Talk by Shawn Achor, the author of the book THE HAPPINESS ADVANTAGE: http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work

 

Achor goes on to say that in “in just a two-minute span of time done for 21 days in a row, we can actually rewire our brain, allowing our brain to actually work more optimistically and more successfully”.

When we start to write down three new things that we are grateful for for 21 days in a row – three new things each day – our brain starts to retain a pattern of scanning the world, not for the negative, but for the positive first.

We can then reverse the formula for happiness and success, and in doing so, “not only create ripples of positivity, but create a real revolution.”

Happiness, therefore, is serious business. It is so contagious that 1 positive person can spread happiness to 10,000 people, creating a world of peace, optimism and compassion. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIWQeMFncm8&app=desktop)

All it takes is one person. Would you be that 1?