Cultivate Happiness Quotient to Reap Benefits in the Office and Everywhere Else Happiness is a scientific approach. Understand the nuances and apply them to your life. Voila! Now, you will stay happy, as much as you can. Most of the kids have higher happiness quotient as compared to adults, I think. They are genuinely happy and the best part is that their happiness is infectious. As we grow up, this happiness gets lost somewhere in the daily grind. Competition and comparison takes the place of happiness many times. Not many people understand that happiness beats all the feelings. If you stay happy, you will not feel the need of anything else in the world. Here, I do not mean that you become a saint and renounce your belongings. I just want to make you aware about how happiness charges you up and changes the game altogether. There exists a Happiness Quotient, which you might not be aware of. For the newbies, it is a basic tool that helps you to understand how you feel about various things in your life and whether it gives you required levels of happiness. It is not just work or salary but also includes relationships, health and wellness and several other things. In short, it is the satisfaction that you earn at the end of the day. Happiness Quotient at Work and Office Are you aware that there exists a country that measures the development not through Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but gross national happiness? The country is Bhutan. This is quite interesting. The country strives to make its people happier every year. People compete to be happy. And I think that this works in the favor of the country. This is because people who are happy tend to be more successful. They focus on work and are more productive than their counterparts. This is the reason companies around the world are now striving to keep its employees happy. When the employees are happy, the clients are too. And this gets reflected in the profits. On the other hand, employees too are looking for jobs and companies that focus on happiness rather than business. People tend to hunt for jobs that inspire them to work and not instill Monday blues. The interesting part is that they are even ready to opt for lower salary packages if the work keeps them happy. The stress levels are quite low in such people. They even tend to healthier. How to Stay Happy Can happiness be measured and increased? Yes, it certainly can. Here are the ways that will help you to stay happy while going about your day. Love Yourself Often, you are the last person you choose to love. If you do not love your body, your weight, your existence, how will you do justice to others? Make a point to eat well, exercise, breathe good and feed your soul with all things good, especially thoughts. Watch your reflection in the mirror and say confidently, “This is me. And I love myself, every part of my body, every thought in my mind and everybody around me.” Things will start falling in place. De-clutter Your Life Clutter is the cause of stress. Be it your mind, your home, your workplace or even your relationships, it is time to de-clutter. Begin with your mind – do not think of things that bring sadness. Let go of all the grudges, heartaches, break-ups, traumas of the past. This will help you focus in the present. When it comes to your home, remove the things that you do not use on a daily basis. Do not save things, thinking that someday they will be of good use. When it’s workplace, keep your desk organised and your computer free of all unrequired files and images. With relationships, ditch those that you feel burdened with. Progress Matters And not perfection. Yes, things should be perfect and perfection helps in so many things. But, if you want to stay happy, let go of perfection at times. Perfection in every little thing induces stress. Instead of focusing on perfection, think of things that you have achieved – the progress that you have made. This way you can celebrate moments and enrich the journey of your life. However, this does not mean that you start aiming for substandard work. Do What You Like Always work for someone you like being with. This way, every morning when you wake up, you will be excited to go to the place of work. If you are not able to get out of the wrong organization, make sure that you do something that you love, in your routine. It can be anything, be it cooking, writing, watching sunset or it can even be jumping. These things will give you the much required satisfaction and help you sleep soundly. Acts of Kindness Help a person cross the road. Smile at that elderly lady. Or just spend time with kids. Random acts of kindness, expecting nothing in return, certainly help end your day with a satisfactory smile. Besides, spending time with people you love or feeding the deprived will make you feel grateful towards things in your life. Materialistic Happiness only lasts for a while, instead aim for Soulful Happiness to up your happiness quotient. How Happiness Benefits Your Health Happiness not only works for you at work but also in boosting your health. I think the reason behind this is a positive attitude. Happiness cultivates optimism and this helps you at several fronts. When you are happy, negative emotions get repelled and you attract just positivity from everywhere – meaning, that you are healthier. Low Stress Stress has been affecting people all round the globe. It is a lifestyle disease and can be combatted with proper attitude. To make sure that you are not affected by stress, try to develop a happy attitude. Keep your happiness quotient high. Try to inculcate habits that make you unhappy and forgo things that result in stress. When you are happy, you do not tend to take things to heart. This automatically lowers down the levels of stress, be it at work or anywhere else. Immune System The happier you are, greater is your immunity. Now, this is quite subjective. If you try to keep a fake smile on your face all day and expect that your immunity levels go up, then you will not get any benefits out of this act of yours. Instead, rather than focusing on immunity or other results, try to cultivate genuine happiness. Try to let things go and learn to be calm. And you will notice the difference. A cranky person gets sick faster as compared to a happy-go-lucky one, you might have noticed that. This is because when you do not mind, it will not matter to you. When you keep using sanitizer on every doubt of germ infestation, a different set of germs is waiting to attack you (this is just an analogy). People with positive attitude are less likely to develop cold or other such ailments. High Endurance When you cultivate happiness in your life and lifestyle, you will notice the results gradually. Not only your immunity levels be go up, but also your overall health. Stay in a good mood and try to focus on emotions. Strike out negative ones and let in happy thoughts. You will see that your mood does not go down as often as it used to be. Your health too will start improving. You will not suffer from ailments as often as you. You will be fit and your body will be strong. Longer Lifespan It is believed that people who are happy most of the times have a longer lifespan. In fact, it can even be noticed by observing people who have lived long. Such people are not grumpy and their immune system is quite strong. They do not fall ill regularly. Further, such people did not find the need to go to doctors or have not been admitted in hospitals as often as their counterparts have been. Conclusion Being healthy and happy is a choice. People who complain that their body is not strong or they have weak immune system or grumble of regular stress need to cultivate happiness. It is not a one-time affair but should be developed as a habit. Nothing is impossible and you can be fit as a fiddle if you avow to do so. Let’s begin today itself! So, what’s your happiness quotient now?