I was talking over the weekend with Con our local Fishmonger who owns and runs Seafood Works at Sans Souci. He’s just returned from a trip to Greece and was shocked at just how much trouble small business owners were experiencing over there and he said “Things might be a bit tough here, but compared to Greece, we’ve got it pretty good here in Australia.”
Now, I’ve posted often here at Intentionomics about the danger of comparing ourselves to others and getting onto the hedonic treadmill of wanting to keep up with the Joneses (whoever they are!).
Paradoxically, my Mum used to say something like “There’s always someone who is worse off than you, so count your blessings.”
So while comparing ourselves to others who seem to have it better than us can be detrimental to our overall sense of well-being at work and in our personal lives, by taking stock of our truth and realising that if we intentionally ‘count our blessings’ we might just give ourselves a needed injection of gratitude and boost our productivity and overall sense of well-being for the day.
And if you want more proof, especially if you’re currently thinking things aren’t all that good for you at the moment, news just in is that for the second year in a row, the OECD Better Life Index reports that Australia is the place to be if you want to have a happy, flourishing and prosperous life.
Here are 3 easy to do intentional actions that will help reinvigorate your sense of well-being right now:
1. Count your blessings: My mum’s advice was to do just that ‘count your blessings’. Take a moment now to jot down 3 things that have gone well for you today – they don’t have to be amazing, but just three things that actually went well for you.
2. Take a walk: Yep… take a 3 minute walk outside and notice 3 things that you would normally just ignore. This intentional focusing can provide a reset switch that breaks you out of routine
3. Using your strengths: When you return to your office after your 3 minute walk, write down 3 things that you enjoy about your work and 3 strengths that you have (skills, knowledge or attributes) that you get to use in your job.
And if as you’re reading this post you determine that you’re too busy to try such nonsense, or that you’re too pragmatic to stoop to this soft stuff, the reality is each of these 3 simple strategies have solid scientific evidence that validates if you just give them a try, you’ll be making an investment in your overall sense of well-being.
Oh, and what science also tells us is, if you’re having a bad day, and you still choose to do nothing about it, you’re probably infecting others with the negativity, and potentially causing them to have a bad day too.