Scroll through a Facebook or Twitter feed on a Monday morning and they’re likely to be filled with updates about how much people are dreading the start of a new week, how sad they are that the weekend is over, and a stream of various other Monday-related complaints – we are confronted with the idea that Mondays are just no fun. We can fight this idea, though. Alexander Kjerulf has written a book called 52 Happy Mondays, based on his best-selling book Happy Hour is 9 to 5 that we are responsible for our happiness at work and through small weekly changes can improve our success and mood in the office. Each tip corresponds to a week of the year; tips that offer an idea for something to do each Monday that will steadily increase our feelings of arbejdsglæde, or work happiness. The ideas are fun and easy to implement, and by the end of the year, you will be experiencing greater levels of arbejdsglæde, rendering you more productive, creative, and energetic. Every Monday for the next 10 weeks we will be sharing some of Kjerulf’s tips that will inspire you to make your Monday happier as well. This week, we will be sharing week two’s tip on starting your morning off on a better note by saying a better “good morning” to your colleagues.
Week 2: Say a Happy “Good Morning” (and Goodbye)
One of our most important, most fundamental, and deepest psychological needs as humans is the need for other people to see and like us. Nothing is more important to us than feeling respected and well liked. We spend a lot of time at work, and that is exactly the reason why it is so important to have good relations with your colleagues. This week’s tip will help you to create these good relations, by starting the day on a positive note. Say a “level 5 good morning” to at least three colleagues every day this week (preferably three new every day). Level 5 good morning means:
- Say good morning
- Sound happy and smile
- Keep eye contact
- Add something extra, such as “How are you?”, “Nice to see you”, “Did you have a nice weekend”, or something similar.
- Touch the other person (shake their hand, pat their back, give them a hug – all depending on the mood)
You can also say a level 5 goodbye to three colleagues before you go home from work. When your day starts off poorly, it can set the tone for the rest of the day. This goes especially for Monday, when you have a hectic work week ahead and no sign of the weekend in sight. Certainly there is not much we can do about traffic jams, weather conditions, or public transportation delays. We can, however, control the tone we set for ourselves when we greet our colleagues in the morning. So if you want to start the morning off on a better note, take this tip to action.
Translation by Synamon Mills
by Alexander Kjerulf
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