There is something about the email that has a different colored font. It immediately brings a smile on my face. It is a lot like the ice cream sandwich in the world full of ice creams — something different yet very familiar.
Whenever I get an email that is written in a different font or a different color, it does two things: First, it catches my attention and second, no matter how bad of a day I am having, it makes me pause, smile and then make everything seem okay!
We spend 30–40 percent of our lives working so it only makes sense that the environment around us is a joyful one. After all,nobody likes in a toxic environment
That being said, not all of us get to work at Google or Facebook or one of the 50 companies that make it to the list of most admired companies every year, so here are some other ways to infuse joy in your day at work
We have all been told we should dress for the job we want but what about dressing for the joy we want? ~ Ingrid Fetell Lee in Joyful
Colors have a way of bringing a smile on our face, no matter how bad of a day we are having. If you don’t believe me, notice how you feel when you see someone passing in a colorful outfit.
On the days when I am feeling bad or frustrated, wearing bright colors help cheer me up.
When the going gets tough, any bit of compliment you get can uplift your mood — as it happened with me when I wore a bright yellow t-shirt to work while going through tough couple of weeks at work. Walking in to a meeting, someone called out that I just brightened the room as I walked in, and that just made me happy!
Never underestimate the impact of color and don’t view it just as an instrument of decoration. The liveliness brought by colors will help you enhance your productivity and happiness.
When was the last time you played a board game or solved a puzzle? Some of my most joyful memories are of playing board games with my cousins. I recently had the opportunity to do the same with my coworkers and that experience was phenomenal!
In just an hour worth of play, I bonded with some of my team more than I had done in the days since we had all been working there! Not only that, we all went back to work having shared plenty of jokes and laughter between us
As Greg McKeown writes in Essentialism
‘Play expands our minds in ways that allow us to explore: to germinate new ideas or see old ones in new light.’
Sharing anything with someone, whether it is food or stories or advice or your time has been proven to be a more joyful experience for both you and the person that you share it with. At work, everyday, we get plenty of opportunities to share.
Sharing gives you and the person you are sharing with, a sense of belonging. It makes them feel that you are being inclusive.
It allows you to be vulnerable by inviting someone into your world. It also happens to be extremely cathartic. Not to mention, the internet has made sharing painfully easy!
You share a story, the other person shares two and before you know it, you will all be having a good time!
“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.” ~Charlotte Bronte
Sunlight is not only good for Vitamin D but also increases Serotonin levels in the body. Low serotonin levels mean more anxiety while higher levels mean more joy as serotonin is what you would call a feel good hormone.
Have you ever noticed that some of the words used to describe the sun are also the ones we use to describe someone who is happy or full of joy — Words like Warm, bright, radiant, golden, glorious etc.
Just like sunlight, plants adds an element of nature in our otherwise man-made office. They also work as natural air fresheners and help reduce stress because the green color has a calming and relaxing effect. In fact a 2015 study by Human Spaces has concluded that employees working in environments with natural elements report a 15% higher level of well being and are 15% more creative overall.
Joyful Workplaces Have All these Elements
I have visited quite a lot of offices in my short career and the joyful ones also happen to have these elements present.
Electronic Arts had big colorful statues of some of their game characters.
The LinkedIn India office in Bangalore, every floor is divided into four different colors. There is a game room and a huge open area for plenty of sunlight.
At Toyota, the floor was full of plants and there were huge windows to let plenty of sunlight come in. The Adobe office in San Jose has a basketball court on the rooftop and plenty of colorful spaces inside the building!
The emotions that you feel when you walk into a room or to someone’s desk is a strong indication of whether your surroundings bring joy or not.
Most of our day is filled with work, so we might as well make it joyful!