Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 - Training x Design

You can be happy at work - if you choose to be

Do you think that ‘happiness’ and ‘work’ are two words that don’t belong in the same sentence? Well, it might surprise you to learn that you can choose happiness as a way of life, to great effect.

But this seems awfully simplistic, doesn’t it? Aren’t some people simply unable to be happy? And what is happiness, anyway?

In her latest article, Australian resilience and wellbeing expert Gina Brooks tells us that we can choose to enjoy the things we have in our lives. It’s that process of choosing that creates conditions for satisfaction and, eventually, a sense of happiness.

‘When you choose the path to happiness, you are choosing to think, feel, and do things differently,’ said Gina. ‘But you have to recognise that it takes a bit of work.’

Realistically, choosing to think, feel and do things differently is choosing to shift an entire way of existing - in multiple planes - all at once!

’The effort of happiness isn’t something you just do once,’ Gina pointed out. ‘It’s a continual process of orienting yourself onto an optimistic path. If you’re one of those who just seem to be naturally this way, you’re still doing the orientation! You just haven’t noticed.‘

In her latest article, Gina gives 3 concrete things you can do to improve your happiness at work.

To get the full detail, read her article here.

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Contact Gina Brooks on 0417 819 294, or email [email protected].au

 

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According to this report over at Inc.com, workplace optimism “...is the way the environment feels to the people spending 30 to 50 percent of lives at work." Not an incredibly profound definition, sure. But more important than how it's defined is what workplace optimism can do for those of us—as in, most of the human race—who spend at least a third of our adult lives in the workplace. As the same report states: 'This positive feeling gives others hope that good things will come from their hard work. In a positive workplace, people focus on what's right and what's possible--rather than being dragged down by idolizing problems and polarizing politics.' And there you have it. Optimism = the recognition of the possible. So building optimism is also creating an environment in which more possibilities exist. In this environment, barriers to success, or even simply making an attempt to get there, are brought down.

Michelle McQuaid, a leader in the field of positive psychology interventions in the workplace, conducted a study back in 2012. Her findings were stark, and although they apply to America, they could fit almost anywhere in the world. Here are a few highlights: Just 36% of respondents were happy at their job. 31% of respondents felt uninspired or unappreciated. 15% of respondents reported feeling miserable, bored, and lonely. Obviously, these numbers are not encouraging. They point to the urgent need for higher levels of optimism among workers.

About Gina Brooks, Training x Design, and ORANGES

Training x Design

Training x Design leads Australia in learning and improving performance at work. We are also Exclusive Providers of the ORANGES program to companies in South Australia. For over 20 years we have been designing and delivering customised learning solutions for all types of businesses from global enterprises to small local firms. Using the robust and impeccable science from positive psychology, emotional intelligence studies, and behavioural science in all of our programs, we give our clients access to the best ways to inspire action and encourage employee engagement.

Gina Brooks

Gina Brooks, is one of Australia’s most sought-after trainers. Gina is one of few Australian experts in emotional wellness and resilience programs. She is also highly credentialled and recognised at a national level for her expertise.

In 2017, Gina was ranked one of Australia’s top two Learning and Development Professionals and was the Chief Judge for the Australian Leadership Excellence Awards. She is also a certified professional with the Australian Human Resources Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Gina’s highly engaging and innovative facilitation style leaves participants energised and enthusiastic about their new possibilities, excited to put what they’ve learned into practice.

The ORANGES Toolkit

The O in ORANGES stands for Optimism. It's the first of seven workshops delivered over a two-day program. The program empowers your team members to learn and use 40 mindset improvement strategies. The program is so impactful that participants can put the strategies in place immediately. The ORANGES Toolkit isn't a fluffy wellbeing program. It draws on the latest thinking in psychology and neuroscience, which is why it works. The proof is in the pudding: Here is one case study that shows how well the program can transform your culture from pessimism to optimism.

 

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Training x Design


Training x Design empowers people to maximise their potential, so they can contribute to the growth and sustainability of Australian businesses.

We believe that training is only successful when you can see meaningful results. This is why we help you to create a sustainable competitive advantage with a unique workforce that thinks, behaves and feels differently.

Training x Design leads Australia in learning and improving performance at work. We are also Exclusive Providers of the ORANGES program to companies in South Australia. For over 20 years we have been designing and delivering customised learning solutions for all types of businesses from global enterprises to small local firms. Using the robust and impeccable science from positive psychology, emotional intelligence studies, and behavioural science in all of our programs, we give our clients access to the best ways to inspire action and encourage employee engagement.

About Director Gina Brooks

Gina Brooks, is one of Australia’s most sought-after trainers. Gina is one of few Australian experts in emotional wellness and resilience programs. She is also highly credentialled and recognised at a national level for her expertise.

In 2017, Gina was ranked one of Australia’s top two Learning and Development Professionals and was the Chief Judge for the Australian Leadership Excellence Awards. She is also a certified professional with the Australian Human Resources Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Gina’s highly engaging and innovative facilitation style leaves participants energised and enthusiastic about their new possibilities, excited to put what they’ve learned into practice.


Gina Brooks
M: 0417 819 294
W: trainingxdesign.com.au

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Australian resilience expert Gina Brooks has published an article explaining the role of choice in how happy we are at work.

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