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Happiness at Work: Measure Positive Impact

Are you spreading happiness at work? Here are some ideas about how to "measure" your positive impact.*

Check off any of the following accomplishments:

  • I have praised someone in the last 24 hours.

  • I have helped someone in the last 24 hours.

  • I have smiled at 5 or more people today.

  • In the last week, I have repaired a strained relationship that resulted from a misunderstanding.

  • I notice when my colleagues work hard and reach for a certain level of excellence - and I say something to them about it.

  • I make time to ask others how they are doing - and I listen to the answer.

  • I make it a point to say positive things about change and our ability to deal with it.

  • I make a point of creating a positive work environment - for myself and others.

  • I take 5 minutes to review my day before I leave for home - and create a "to do" list for tomorrow.

  • I conduct a weekly review: did I make a difference this week? Was I happy? Did I have fun?

  • Before I leave work, I write down 3 good things that happened that day.

  • In the last 24 hours, I have told someone that I cared about them.

  • I always smile at people I meet.

  • I have laughed out loud today - go ahead and laugh out loud now. It will make the people around you feel good.

*This list is inspired by Tom Rath and Donald Clifton's best-selling book, How Full is Your Bucket. Pick it up - it is a refreshing read!

© Kathy Sturgis, Ph.D. Kathy is founder of Refreshment Zone and is an organizational and personal development specialist with a doctorate in communication. Contact for more information on motivational programs.

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