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Smiles in the workplace

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Sometimes it is hard to see past one’s own problems. Life is difficult enough, but taking the time to stop and really think about it is even harder. Perhaps it is time to think twice about feeling sorry about it, especially in the workplace. Why? A co-worker in the next cubicle or office is probably feeling the same way.

It is easy to forget when feeling stressed that others might be feeling similarly. Work, family pressures, outside commitments, holiday and other celebrations are constantly pulling people in multiple directions. Humans are not made of elastic and can only be stretched so much. At some point, they will break and the aftermath might not be very pretty.

Everyday problems seem insurmountable and just getting out of bed can be a real struggle. You are not alone. Take a look around. Pay attention to what you see…a down face, a slower than normal walk, yawning and maybe even a teary eye. All of these are indicators that the person who owns them is probably in the same boat that you’re riding in.

Try doing something kind for that person. Bring her a cup of coffee (if she drinks it), leave a cheery card or flowers on her desk. Pay it for forward, do something nice for others. A good deed for someone else will in fact make oneself feel better. It’s a chance to stop thinking about personal problems for a moment and focus on someone else for a while.

Bringing a smile to a peer in the workplace will actually help to do the same to one’s own countenance. That small deed goes a long way when dealing with a problem, not only your own but for that woman in the cubicle next to you. Remember, though, that this is just the first step, but being in a better frame of mind will help one to see a little more clearly when dealing with difficult situations.

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