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How was your week of Happiness?

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How was your week of “Happiness at Work” ?

From September 24th to 28th2018, on the initiative of Happy Office in the Netherlands, we at Outplace Yourself celebrated the first-ever International Week of Happiness at Work.

On Monday, we started off with a chance to celebrate yourself…

Researchers call gratitude “the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself; it is a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation.”.  Many studies connect gratitude with a sense of overall well-being.

Practicing gratitude flood your brain with feel-good chemicals like serotonin.

The other effect of the gratitude routine is to train our mind to recognise what is positive in our day and therefore to become more conscious about these life moments instead of being constantly tuned into our usual “what next” modus operandi.

A good time for a 5 minutes gratitude pause can be the evening but you can pick any time you prefer. It’s easy, it only takes to start mentally a sentence by

“Today I am grateful for:” and to think about minimum 3 reasons. It can also be something you write down. Up to you.



On Day 2 of the International Week of Happiness at Work, we invited you to practice Cardiac Coherence exercises….

The cardiac coherence is a state of coherent heart rate variability that balances the nervous system and emotional state.

The nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine and immune systems are working efficiently and in harmony. Coherence is the basis of optimum performance and health in the human being.

This can be attained through this 5-minutes breathing technique. Through a regular practice, it’s our entire body that finds a balance. The 5 minutes exercises are to be performed 3 times a day, each day, ideally every 5 hours.


  Wednesday was the day for the vanity CV, a CV you make only for yourself
 – not one of those laborious work CVs but one that has all the great things about you that don’t (but really should) feature on your resume. It should be a statement about who you are right now. Write a Bio that is rammed full of positive adjectives about you and why you should feel proud of yourself. Achievements are those that may not have a certification or award as a stamp of approval but in your mind require some recognition – write whatever it is that you have done in your life that has made you happy, proud or respected. Goals should not really be a bucket list but at least a small group of things that you would like to start or achieve in the coming year – taking an evening class, going to a concert, having a monthly night out as a couple. Hobbies are not those things that you did once or twice 5 years ago and look good on the work cv but a light-hearted look at your idiosyncrasies and what makes you “You” – your penchant for losing things, snorting when laughing, talks to plants etc. go on, try it..



On Challenge day 4, you were invited to treat yourself, and more specifically to treat others around you….

Engaging in an act of kindness and attention to others induces improvements in psychological flourishing. It increases positive emotions and feelings such as happiness, joy, and enjoyment.

A simple act of kindness can change our perspective in any given circumstance. It directly lifts our mood and improves our well-being.

A kind word, feedback, time to carefully listen to a colleague: Not only you make others’ day somewhat lighter, but you also contribute to improving your self-esteem, your optimism, and your immune system thanks to the production of oxytocin. Moreover, it’s highly contagious: people receiving a sign of kindness are more likely to pass it around.



On Friday, we closed the International week of happiness at work with a Smile :-).

Remember each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits y

On Friday, we closed the International week of happiness at work with a Smile. 😉

Remember each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. The world is simply a better place when you smile, so give it a go…and keep smiling!








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