I once read somewhere that smiles (much like yawns!) are contagious. I found that observation interesting. I had to see it for myself.
I started consciously smiling to people. What do you know. It works. It gets better. It seems that smiling actually makes you happier. So by spreading smiles, you’re actually making everyone around you a bit happier, too.
But it isn’t just about smiling. Positive thinking goes a long way, too. As a software consultant, I am often asked to do the impossible. Or, I’m asked to do things which are simply not smart.
Instead of saying no, I try to suggest better alternatives. This often works. Even if it doesn’t, it leaves people with a feeling of collaboration, rather than resistance.
These habits make my life a bit less stressful. It also helps people around me feel better, which is an added bonus. It’s great that it is so simple to feel better. And hey, if all else fails – there’s always chocolate.