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The state of our wellbeing is linked to both physical and mental health. How we perform when we feel good is at the heart of getting organisational wellbeing right – for the employees and the employer. So why, when we discuss workplace performance do we focus on stress and negative outcomes instead of the positive end of things: increasing happiness, good energy flow, what’s possible with positive pressure or taking joy from our environments? We’ve written previously about how a fun working environment can produce positive outcomes for people and their organisations and that forms part of this broader argument. 

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How to Create Happy Habits

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We welcome Nina Jervis to our Good Day At Work community. Nina is a freelance writer and a former Head of HR for a number of London-based consultancies.  She hails from sunny Southend-on-Sea and enjoys reading, dancing, long seafront walks and strong coffee (not necessarily in that order!)

Nina shares her personal experience of creating her own happiness at work, in her unique, highly-relatable, humorous and engaging way...

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We all know that being outside is good for us. Exercise keeps us fit and there are plenty of psychological benefits too. Good Day At Work Content Editor, Tori Wastnedge, speaks to Garden Designer, TV Presenter and psychology enthusiast Dr. Juliet Sargeant, about how organisations can catch the gardening bug. 

Between Friday 31st July and Thursday 6th August, Manchester City Centre will be transformed into a sprawling garden party with the annual Dig The City festival. Celebrating the joys of gardening, the festival promises to bring colour, life and learning to the city, not least of all because gardening is fast becoming an increasingly popular way to experience all the benefits of being outside.

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Wrapped up in the question of ‘how happy are you?’ seems to be the counter question, ‘well, how happy is everyone else?’. Life satisfaction is a subjective measure too – we can ask which is the most important, the actual life you lead inside and outside of work, or the life you could possibly have – whether that’s a better income, more time with family or even a different car? These are the kind of questions which lie at the heart of the latest ONS survey which compares regions of the UK in terms of the happiness of their populations.

Looking through the survey results, it’s easy to get lost in the numbers – how high are anxiety levels in Durham? How many in Bedfordshire say that they are very happy? As the ONS say themselves in the preface to the report, the relationship between wellbeing and locality is still not understood but looking at urban centres and the more remote, ‘green and pleasant lands’ of the UK, there are some striking comparisons to be made.

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Estonia, and in particular it's capital Tallinn is considered one of the world's leading 'smart' places, especially in relation to the internet with the government encouraging online innovation. So it's no surprise that five years ago, Estonian Airi Kivi, a very innovative social entrepreneur decided to use the internet in a completely different way and created the Bank of Happiness -  an online forum, where individuals market good deeds, and offer services to one another free of charge.

Kindness is catching on

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