On the way to work today I heard a radio interview in which the author was discussing how many people are experiencing high levels of stress both at home and in the workplace. He emphasized the important role joy plays in our daily routines, which helps combat stress. I am happy to know that a lot of other people are on the same quest as me: How to find joy in the workplace. I enjoyed Betty Bender’s quote: "When people go to work, they shouldn't have to leave their hearts at home." This would be me, since as any of my co-workers will tell you, I am an open book! We spend a great deal of our time with the people we work with, so let’s make it fun and interesting! Here are my favorite ways to feel more joy in the workplace: * Take a walk around the building on your lunch break; getting a breath of fresh air is a good way to relieve stress and feel better. * Do nice things for others, like leaving a chocolate on co-workers’ desks. * Find reasons to be grateful. Write them on sticky notes and place them around your workspace. * Do something you love every day, even if it is just something small, like read a blog that makes you smile or sing along with the radio. * Play a game with your coworkers. Our graphic designer renamed everyone in the office on National "Get a New Name Day", and we had to figure out what everyone's new name is (I'm now Wakana!) It was a great day to break up some of the post-White Sale craziness and share a few laughs with the people we spend our week days with. * Notice positive aspects of co-workers and the contributions they make. Share the love, and tell them the nice things you are thinking. According to Walt, “Attitude is everything!” and sharing a good attitude can make all the difference in the world.