As part of HR or management, you should always be looking for different ways of reaching out to your employees and bettering their lives. Happier and healthier employees means a healthier company culture.
One way to do this is by capitalising on holidays that put the focus on major health and wellness needs. For instance, the International Day of Friendship is coming up at the end of July, and it’s a great way to hone in on the interpersonal relationships between your employees and their coworkers as well as the relationships between your company and other businesses.
The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.
Often we forget to take time out and appreciate those loved ones around us, as our lives seem to be getting busier and busier in the increasingly demanding society we live in.
“Gratitude has been proven to improve our physical health by supporting us to exercise more, reduce toxic emotions; increase happiness and reduce depression; enhance empathy and reduce aggression; help us sleep better; improve our ability to win friends and create better ongoing relationships with new acquaintances; improve self-esteem and optimal performance; foster resilience and reduce stress, particularly during trauma and the worst times of life. Developing an attitude of gratitude is one of the simplest ways to improve our quality of life.”
– Psychology Journal
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So what is positive psychology?
Traditional psychology waits for problems to arise and treats them. Positive psychology focuses on the good things and how to strengthen them. Positive psychologists seek out and nurture talent to make life more fulfilling, rather than merely treating mental illness.
In the context of International Day of Friendship, now’s a good time to help your employees create new connections by fostering professional relationships within your company. To help create these situations, take part in one of our Corporate Team Bonding Activities like Laughter Yoga.
Laughter unites people and improves the way they relate to each other. This is a fun, dynamic and innovative activity that will have your team laughing themselves into a positive frame of mind and better health. Creative exercises involving breathing and laughter leave you and your employees feeling joyous & energised.