Happy people live longer, healthier lives. It’s not only a promising thought—the happiness effect is backed by science. Social psychologists (1) have found that “happiness has a positive causal effect on longevity and physiological health.”
At Shamrock, we’ve always believed that “happy” is a worthwhile focus point. Happiness is so essential to who we are that our employees formed a Culture Club team to drive the effort. This group actively works to create and support positivity, happiness, and balance in the lives of our employees.
What does that wellness effort look like in our workplace?
Among the Culture Club’s many programs is the “Wellness Wednesdays” digital email series. It covers a range of timely topics and includes easy-access resources that promote improved health and wellbeing—from stress management to better sleep to the power of gratitude.
These quick-read emails are distributed weekly to our team nationwide and are stored on an online portal for easy access. The sharable content is thought-provoking and educational—an example of an employee-driven program that is conceptually simple yet highly impactful.
Now more than ever, these wellness emails are on-point. As we deal with the added stressors brought on by the pandemic—remote workplaces, family-work balance, a depleted workforce, longer lead-times—we can all use a little self-care guidance to keep us happy and balanced.
If your company prioritizes health and happiness the way we do at Shamrock, you might consider starting a Wellness-Wednesdays-inspired program at your organization. In the meantime, browse these abbreviated snapshots from our program for inspiration and to help you focus on your mental, physical, and emotional health and wellbeing.
Resilience is the ability to withstand adversity, bounce back from difficulties, and grow despite life’s downturns. Below is the Mental Health Toolkit brief on Growing Resilience.
How resilient are you? Get your resilience score HERE.
Eat dark chocolate.
Did you know eating chocolate is actually good for you? Your best bet is to choose a bar containing 70% cocoa or higher. HERE are 10 of the healthiest dark chocolate bars.
Interested in more information on the benefits of eating dark chocolate? Check out ideas from Healthline HERE.
Bring your dog to work.
What’s not to love about a four-legged friend running around the office? It turns out there are proven benefits to bringing your dog to work
Check out 8 advantages of a dog-friendly workplace HERE.
Move your body.
Trying new exercises can be intimidating. But not with Muscle Wiki—it provides body-specific exercises, professional instruction, fitness and diet tips, and more.
Interested in Muscle Wiki? Check out the website HERE.
Reduce screen time.
Elevated screen time can negatively affect your health—brain function, eye strain, poor posture, lack of sleep, weight gain, and more. Can you cut back on the screen and be more present? Tips for reducing your screen time. Check out the website HERE.
This is just a sampling of the Wellness Wednesdays content generated by our team at Shamrock. It’s an invaluable program that provides so many intangible benefits—and it just keeps getting better as we grow. If you’re interested in starting a similar program at your organization, reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.