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About"What if 'positive thinking' and relentless optimism aren't the solution to happiness - but part of the problem?"
Oliver Burkeman, The Antidote
Video Arts Wellbeing Essentials take on the tricky topics of motivation, wellbeing, positivity, mindfulness and resilience at work. The collection includes 32 short videos that help your people make small changes in their behaviour to improve their wellbeing at work. Starring Sally Phillips, Tom Bennett, Javone Prince and Lucy Liemann.
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Licensing this one item causes all of the following items to be licensed.Embracing failureGo to your room with all the other stuff I'm ashamed of!> You can choose to see failure as evidence that you have reached the edge of your comfort zone - you're growing.> Fight back against perfectionism, which just makes you miserable - try 'deliberate imperfection'.> Actively seek out low... read moreFire your inner criticA sloppy and haphazard staging of weak material.> We all have an inner critical voice, but we don't have to follow its instructions.> Treat your inner critic like a toddler or an amusing friend, not as a boss you must obey.> Personify your inner critic: give him or her a name, so it won't b... read moreBe kind to yourselfI am an unreliable, foot-dragging, moronic dunce!> We treat ourselves in ways we'd never treat another colleague.> Catch yourself in the act of self-criticism, and be friendly instead.> It is not self-indulgent to treat yourself well.Keep a sense of perspectiveWe'll be roaming the streets, shouting at the pigeons!> Sometimes we catastrophise: if something goes slightly wrong, we assume everything's gone terribly wrong.> Recall previous occasions when you catastrophised, and remember that a catastrophe didn't automatically follow.> Ask yourself ho... read moreEmpathy'Tony to baggage reclaim' > It's harder to be enraged by annoying colleagues when you stop to consider why they're behaving like that > Beliefs, not events, cause distress: figure out which beliefs are getting you upset> Recall the last time you behaved badly, and remember your reasons (ti... read moreThe worst-case scenarioI think your positive policy may be having a negative effect on us all.> Instead of "looking on the bright side", try asking "what's the worst that could happen?" > Understand that in almost all cases, you could cope with the worst-case scenario if it occurred.Mind-readingJulia thinks we're an idiot!> If you think people have negative views of you, it's easy to find 'evidence' of that.> Don't let a lack of confidence lead you to read things the wrong way.> Ask for feedback regularly (but not compulsively).You don't have to 'feel like it'Harness the amazing benefits of my seven step Productivity Power Play Package!> We tell ourselves that we need to be in the right mindset to work, but actually that makes it harder.> Remind yourself that you don't need to "feel like" doing something. You just need to take the relevant actions!... read moreDon't confuse effort with resultsI love the smell of emails in the morning.> You are not a machine. A tiring day does not mean a good day.> Focus on results: define the most important three results for your day, and do them in the times you are naturally most productive. The rest of the day is for lesser tasks.> Take regul... read moreThe first hour of the dayIf I get my claws into you now, your day is screwed...> How you spend the first hour determines your momentum for the rest of the day.> Use the first hour for a challenging project.> Don't check messages until the first hour is complete.GratitudeAll of the world's libraries and emporiums in a single magnificent volume!> It's easy to get acclimatised to the good things in life and only see the bad things.> Think about (or better, write down) three things each day for which you're grateful.> Don't forget the tiny things. Yes, it migh... read moreThe power of ritualChildren of the 6th Realm! Let the Power guide us!> Rituals make happiness-promoting behaviour automatic.> If a specific daily activity helps your happiness, resolve to do it at the same time each day.> Use a "shutdown routine" so you can leave work feeling good.Memento moriBut it's all a bit morbid isn't it? Thinking about death all the time?> Remember the average human lifespan is about 4000 weeks. Make yours count!> Carry a 'memento mori' - a small object to remind you of mortality whenever you see it or feel it in your pocket.> Make choices by asking how y... read moreKeep learningLearning shmerning.> Find ways to learn and develop, whether it's workplace training or learning a language.> Build on existing strengths, more than trying to "fix" your weaknesses.> Follow your natural curiosity - it's a better motivator than 'what will help my career?'Don't compare your insides to other people's outsidesTry and look cool everybody!> We only have access to our own monologue of worry and self-criticism.> We compare the daily reality of our lives to the highlight reels of other people's lives.Just don't think about it! - the backfire effectSuppress that thought, crew, that's an order!> You can't just push thoughts out of your head - indeed, that usually makes them worse.> Realise that a thought is not a problem: you don't have to believe it or act on it.> The less you fight thoughts, the more likely the distressing ones will ... read moreYou are not your emotionsSunshine and positivity right up till midday.> Understand that your emotions are not you, even though it's easy to assume they are. Your feelings about certain things will come and go - like the weather.> Try labelling your negative emotions mentally as they arise - "stress", "sadness," etc. -... read moreGet everything out of your headWas it buckgrass or wheatbuck salad?> The human mind is a marvel, but it's a terrible device for storing all the things you've got on your plate.> If you rely on your mind, you'll be constantly stressed by the worry that you're forgetting something crucial.> Making a list on paper can bring... read moreDon't spread the anxiety virusWe're talking mass redundancies! Aaaaagh!> Emotions are contagious - anxiety especially so.> Anxious thoughts more often get in the way of work than making it happen faster.> Communicate urgency calmly, without spreading anxiety.Show your vulnerabilitiesFive years of presentation training in two minutes.> Showing too much confidence will intimidate rather than inspire employees.> Be open with them about your insecurities and failures.> Encourage staff to act in the presence of insecurities, rather than trying to eliminate them first.TransparencyWe'd like to opt-out of the cloning programme!> Transparent workplaces are high-morale workplaces.> When you're nearer the top of an organization, it's easy to assume other employees are as informed as you are.> Share as much information as you can about your company's plans.You can't force funChief fungineer at your service!> Forced fun usually backfires - employees resent it.> Create opportunities for people to engage in what they find fun.> If in doubt, focus on giving people autonomy, not fungineering.Celebrate small accomplishmentsI'm an elf, not a hippy!> Focusing only on a big distant goal means satisfaction is rare.> Break work into small accomplishments.> Keep a list to mark off each small win.The perils of over-planningAbort Mission!> Planning can be a sneaky form of procrastination.> Too much planning is a way of avoiding the fear of diving in.> Make the simplest plan required in order to make action possible, then act and revise as you go.The bias towards actionDon't you EVER put Science in inverted commas!> You regret the things you don't do, not the things you do.> Even if the things you decide to do turn out badly we tend to explain it away.> Don't fear making irreversible decisions: we tend to regret those ones less.Multi-taskingNo more soggy stains and ugly socks!> Multi-tasking isn't a thing. It just means failing to do any one thing properly.> Switching back and forth between tasks has an "interruption cost" - it takes longer to get back to focus.> Focus on one task at a time, until it's complete, or you can mak... read moreTargeted acts of kindnessWe can't all just drop what we're doing and be kind - we're on the clock here!> Helping other people will make you feel good> Target your kindness: focus on where it's needed > Don't cut kindness out of your life when you feel time's at a premium - it'll make stress worseThe cheese sandwich solutionWe're gonna need a smoothie transfusion!> It's easy to overlook the simplest routes to happiness.> The simplest causes of unhappiness are physical: being hungry, tired, or needing exercise.> Keep a note on your desk or wall to remind yourself to ask the simplest questions, like 'am I hungry... read moreGet physicalCaptain, we seem to be infected with some kind of lethargy virus!> Just because the stress is in your head, that doesn't mean the solution is there, too.> The quickest route to happiness is often to change your physical situation.> Time in nature is priceless - even five minutes in the park... read moreReward people like grown-upsThis is Billy Big Ears! Have some respect!> Reward people the way you'd like to be rewarded.> The best rewards can be non-physical, such as sincere praise.> The opportunity to work on an especially engaging project can be a highly motivating reward.Embrace your introverts and pessimistsDragging the rest of us go-getters down.> We tend to assume a happy workplace means a workplace full of extroverts and optimists.> In fact, introverts and pessimists have a major role to play.> Pessimists help foresee and forestall problems; introverts are great listeners and thinkers.Entrust people with big responsibilitiesHuuuuge responsibility! Tiny little shoulders.> The best way to make people happy at work is to make their work meaningful.> Entrust people with slightly bigger responsibilities than they might feel ready for.> Resist the urge to monitor their progress obsessively.
Related CoursesWellbeing Essentials eLearning Course SeriesImproving wellbeing and productivity for everyone at work. "What if 'positive thinking' and relentless optimism aren't the solution to happiness?" OLIVER BURKEMAN, JOURNALIST AND VIDEO ARTS EXPERT Topics include: Criticism and failure Emotions versus evidence Getting stuff done Happiness habits... read more