Happy Buzz Words of 2009

January 6th, 2010

Ladies and gentleman I’m pleased to present you with the the top happy thoughts of 2009 (click image for full pdf).  Thank you so much for using the site and it makes me very happy to see people using it :) .

People really love friends and they are 5.3 times more likely to say “getting” made them happier then “giving”.   What do you think about the Happy Buzz Words of 2009?

Happy Buzz Words of 2009

Happy Buzz Words of 2009

Please feel free to post this pdf anywhere you wish to just please include the BBH logo at the bottom.

The Happy Pic is a Happy Brick

September 30th, 2008

This smiling brick came from Flickr user srboisvert.

Sorry, but there will be no happy quotes today (I need to go to bed).  Would you like to send a happy thought to me so that I can share it with other readers? Please do!

-MJ

New Happy Format at The Bee Blog!

September 24th, 2008

I know, I know… I’ve been a bad blogger lately.  I’ve just been so busy with school and work that I haven’t had enough time to devote to the Bee Blog!

But here I am, back again, and ready to announce a new experimental format for the Bee Blog.

Each post will include:

  • 1 random happy thought found somewhere in the blogosphere
  • 1 random happy photo found somewhere in the Flickrsphere

Do you like this?  Yay or nay?  Let me know!

A Happy Thought from Herminelee:

At work today, I have received an email from a colleague who works in a similar position at another school. It simply says…

Click here for more!

Happy Pic:

From Brad & Sabrina on Flickr.

Pace Yourself, Especially on Bad Days

September 12th, 2008
This is #12 out of 25 Tips to Become More Productive and Happy at Work.

Pace Yourself, Especially on Bad Days. Go slow. Don’t be in a hurry. Just take one thing at a time and keep moving forward. If you’re having a really low day, you might even want to take care of yourself by playing hooky !

I must respectfully disagree with this advice.  Sometimes you SHOULD be in a hurry – but being in a hurry with your actions or thoughts does not necessarily require you to be in a hurry with your emotions.  You can cultivate a sense of calm and joy within yourself even when you’re pressed for time, if you make a conscious, repeated attempt to do so.

-MJ

Cultivate Compassion for Negative Coworkers

September 11th, 2008
This is #11 out of 25 Tips to Become More Productive and Happy at Work.

Cultivate Compassion for Negative Coworkers. People who are negative are that way for a reason. They may have difficulties you don’t know about. Try to be compassionate and non-judging. If you’re a manager, people still need to meet benchmarks, but you don’t have to dislike them if they are not cutting it. When you encounter a negative person, you have the choice to either be affected by the negativity or to be the one who influences the other person. It’s a decision. Choose to stay positive. Instead of saying (in your head or out loud) “Oh, that Suzy-Q! Her negativity always ruins my day,” try thinking “Poor Suzy-Q. She must have some difficulties. I wish her peace. In spite of her negativity I will try to be a positive influence around her.”

One way I “cultivate compassion for negative coworkers” is by picturing that person as a toddler.  Then all my potentially explosive anger melts into a nice, manageable little puddle.  I mean, how can you completely lose your temper with a toddler?

Some of you are probably thinking to yourself, “Obviously, she’s never had a toddler of her own,” and you would be correct. :)

How do YOU manage difficult co-workers and other difficult people you encounter throughout your day?

-MJ

Choose Happiness, Humor, Enthusiasm, Gratitude, Kindness, and a Positive Outlook.

September 10th, 2008
This is #10 out of 25 Tips to Become More Productive and Happy at Work.

Choose Happiness, Humor, Enthusiasm, Gratitude, Kindness, and a Positive Outlook. Being productive and competitive in business doesn’t mean that you have to be serious all the time. Smiling doesn’t mean you’re not working hard. Enthusiasm doesn’t mean you’re not competitive. Being positive doesn’t mean you’re blind to challenges. Choose to enjoy your time at work. Find others who are like this and spread good cheer. It’s contagious and it grows. Try to avoid gossip and negative chat. It can be tempting, but it doesn’t serve anyone well, including yourself.

This is great advice.  Whether you love or hate your job, you can always improve your work life by consciously deciding to have a good attitude about it.  When I’m overworked, frustrated, tired, or just grumpy, I constantly have to remind myself to take a deep breath, relax, and think of something positive.  Sometimes that positive thought is as simple as, “At least I’m learning from this miserable experience,” or “Thank goodness this will all be over soon,” but even simple thoughts work.

I believe that you too will find that if you actively develop the habit of thinking positively and avoid griping to yourself or others about your problems, you will become a happier, more productive person – and you’ll probably be a whole lot more fun to be around. :)

-MJ

PS -  SMILE!  Even when life sucks, and no one is looking. :D

Transitions.

September 9th, 2008
This is #9 out of 25 Tips to Become More Productive and Happy at Work.

Transitions. Make sure you plan in enough time between activities and appointments, and find ways to fail proof being on time.

I always underestimate how much time I need to finish something, so I’m often rushing from place to place with no time to spare.  This lifestyle is strenuous, and it is not very happy OR productive.   I’m slowly learning to make more realistic assessments of how much time I have and how much time I need to achieve a goal.

I think the instruction to “make sure you plan in enough time between activities and appointments, and find ways to fail proof being on time” could be extended to include your emotions and relationships.  For example, a speedy transition from singleness to marriage would probably lead to problems down the road, if you and your partner haven’t taken time to develop a full understanding of one another.

Similarly, hurrying through the transitory stages of grief or failing to take enough time to adjust to moving to a new city might create more emotional or organizational disruptions for you than would have been created otherwise, if you took your time and eased through these processes.

-MJ

Drop Unimportant Tasks.

September 8th, 2008
 This is #8 out of 25 Tips to Become More Productive and Happy at Work.

Drop Unimportant Tasks. Delegate or delete the non-essential items from your to-do list. The best way to do this is to always do your most important things first. Somehow, miraculously, extraneous things will fall away.

Scratching things off my to-do list without even attempting to do them feels wonderful.   Delegation feels even better, because then the to-do is a to-done without my pinkie finger ever needing to lift.

-MJ

Planning.

September 7th, 2008
This is #7 out of 25 Tips to Become More Productive and Happy at Work.

Planning. Establish a routine of planning your week and your day. This will allow you to have your most productive week all the time. Start your day an extra 15 minutes early to do this planning everyday. Write down the top 1-3 important things you must do that day. Plan your upcoming week on Sunday evening. The weekly plan doesn’t have to be extremely detailed. Just include the major items.

One of my favorite Butter Bee Happy users (he’s one of my favorites because he was an early adopter and posts such cheerful happy thoughts all the time), EddieStarr, once posted this happy thought:


I have fabulous plans for the weekend

Planning your activities, for both work and play, gives you a plan to follow and a goal to achieve.  You will also have something you can look forward to: either the completion of that activity or the activity itself will probably give you satisfaction.

Don’t forget to add a few question marks to your plan, to leave room for spontaneity. :)

-MJ

Make the Most of Your Commute

September 6th, 2008
This is #6 out of 25 Tips to Become More Productive and Happy at Work.

Make the Most of Your Commute. How do you spend your commute? Make it positive time. Use it for reading, writing, creative thinking, creative projects, listen to audio books, or, heck, write your own book! If you enjoy your commute, that happiness will spill over into how you feel at work.

This is an idea that I can get REALLY excited about!  Because you know what I love doing during my commute?  Listening to podcasts!  There are podcasts for every subject and genre in which you could possibly be interested.  Audio books are pretty awesome, too.  They’re especially nice for longer commutes.

If you have never tried these two forms of media, you really, really should consider doing so.  You can listen to podcasts and audio books around the house, too, while you complete menial chores, and maybe you could even listen to them at work.

You’ll learn a lot and be entertained. : )

-MJ

PS – My favorite source of audiobooks is Audible.com.  And no, they’re not paying me to say this – I genuinely use and enjoy their books and service.  I wish they would pay me, though. That would be nice. ;)