Work well-being, one of the aspects that most influences our emotional balance
We are in the time of the year of light and sun, of long days and temperatures that encourage you to go out and enjoy the outdoors. It is the prelude to summer, vacation plans, rest after a long year of work… All these factors give us optimism and positivity. For this reason, in 2005 a group of experts (psychologists and meteorologists) chose June 20 as the happiest day of the year, after analyzing the emotions of thousands of people during this calendar date. They also call it Yellow Day, as opposed to Blue Monday, the third Monday in January, which is considered the saddest day of the year.
Why yellow (yellow, in English)? Because this color is associated with light, and it is scientifically proven that sunny days increase the production of serotonin in the brain, the hormone of happiness and good humor. In addition, yellow is a color that transmits energy, and also stimulates creativity.
But, in addition to all these elements, there are many other small things in our day to day that give us happiness, that make us feel good, that brighten our day.
One of the aspects that most influences our emotional balance is the fact that we feel good at work. If in the performance of our duties we feel valued, listened to, motivated, have personal and professional development, favorable interpersonal relationships and conditions that favor flexibility and conciliation, we will not only be more productive for the company in which we work, but, in addition, that happiness at work will also be transferred to our family environment.
“When a person works in an environment that is not healthy from a psychosocial point of view, they will have less commitment to the project and be less productive, they will have a greater tendency to absenteeism and even, in more serious cases, they may need a leave of absence due to stress. , anxiety or depression. However, if we allow him to develop within the organization and contribute to a purpose, we will truly be taking care of his emotional health and facilitating his possibility of being happy”, assures Anabel Fernndez Fornelino, CEO of Affor Health, psychosocial prevention consultancy.
Family ties are one of the key supports in life and directly influence our happiness. The parent-child relationship is, despite the difficult moments that may exist, one of the most rewarding. But also the connections with siblings or cousins, and of course, with grandparents.
In March 2021 (one year after the start of the pandemic), Lingokids, a startup specialized in content in English for children, carried out a survey among 600 Spanish families to find out what things made children from 3 to 8 the happiest. years. “We found that for these children, being with their grandparents was one of their top three reasons for happiness, and it was also among the top three things they had missed the most during the pandemic restrictions,” explains Rhona Anne Dick, Director of Learning Experience of the company.
It is not an exaggeration to say that when you have a dog or a cat at home, it is like a member of the family. His love, moreover, is unconditional. They are always there to welcome you when you get home, to accompany you when you are alone, to snuggle up next to you and feel their comfort when you have a bad time… Animals are capable of transmitting their joy to you. Therefore, having a pet is having more reasons to feel good.
“Pets have the ability to fill a home with joy with their energy and companionship, and they convey their selfless love to us. They require our care, but also our love, and their currency is love. Animals create individual attachment and fidelity relationships with humans”, points out José ngel Rosell, CEO and founder of Natuka, an animal feed startup that is committed to improving the health of pets through what they eat.
We live in a country where most things are celebrated by eating. Sharing a good table is a social experience linked to fun, enjoyment and good news. They are moments of exchanging laughter, deep or entertaining conversations, sensations of proximity and empathy. But in addition, food itself also gives us physical pleasure, as it helps to increase or decrease certain neurotransmitters that can affect our well-being, mood and vital energy.
“We are the only animal that chooses food for the pleasurable sensation it can give us, ahead of its biological need or its nutritional values, and we have even raised culinary art to the level of art. On the other hand, there are foods that positively affect our health and make us feel better. For example, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps us to be healthier and feel lighter after each meal to be able to face the challenges of day to day”, emphasizes Lucas González-Guija, Marketing Director of Vegan Food Club, a startup of food innovation that is committed to a plant-based diet.
There are few things that produce more pleasure to the vast majority of people than a trip. The fact of preparing the suitcase, being a task that not everyone likes, already allows us to visualize what awaits us and begin to enjoy it in our mind. Taking a plane already causes us positive stimuli. Arriving at our destination, be it beach or mountain, town or city, inside or outside of Spain, is the starting point for a few days in which we will dedicate ourselves to enjoying ourselves and being as happy as possible.
As Viola Migliori, Country Manager of Evaneos, a platform specialized in designing tailor-made trips, explains, “traveling is getting out of the routine, time to dedicate ourselves, to relax, practice the activities we like the most, get to know different places and cultures. … In short, living experiences that enrich us, and that stay within us once we return to our day to day.”
We are social beings, we live in communities, we need each other, and generosity is one of the material aspects that makes us feel better about ourselves. As Antonio Espinosa de los Monteros, CEO and co-founder of AUARA (a social enterprise that sells mineral water in order to facilitate access to drinking water in countries that lack it), says, a selfish person can hardly be happy.
“Thinking of others and doing altruistic things not only has a moral sense that gives us inner peace, but it is also very healthy psychologically: it helps us to get out of ourselves, to put the center outside of the self, and in this way it takes us out of ourselves. of our own problems and whims. It helps us not to become obsessed with what happens to us, it allows us to relativize our problems and deal with them more objectively, since they lose importance in the context of the suffering or needs of others”, Antonio maintains.
Ana Benavides, general director of Fundación Lealtad, an entity that accredits the transparency and good practices of non-profit organizations, insists on this same approach. “Cooperation, collaboration, are intrinsic to our human condition, they are part of our nature. Helping others makes us feel useful, reinforcing our self-confidence. It is often said that he who gives receives more than he who receives. And it is that generosity produces oxytocin, which reduces stress and is known as one of the hormones of happiness.
Let’s celebrate this happiest day of the year with what makes us feel best. Happy Yellow Day and happy summer!