Love that song, don’t you? I StumbleUponed this article about 10 ways to make you happy, and I realised that just reading the title and seeing the picture actually did.
I think we should try to apply some of these principles to our daily miserable work lives (just kidding), and here are a few:
This took me quite a while. I grew up in the States, went to high school in Syria and then did university in Lebanon. Along the way I found myself quite confused, trying to be so many different people to so many different people. What did I do? Try to be what others wanted me to be instead of myself. That even translated into my career. I tried to be account executive, sales and even showroom manager (for plants!). I wasn’t really happy. When did I get happy? When I took that scary leap into writing, and low and behold…now I’m happy.
This brings to mind when I first started tackling social media and blogging for C&B. I became frustrated with trying to use keywords and targeting all the other topics that everyone else was talking about (got to increase that SEO!). I even became disillusioned with Facebook (I have a lot of posts about that) and my friends started to notice. I was bored, it all felt like a ploy, the fun was all of a sudden gone. Then I said, ‘enough is enough’, and started to talk about things that interest me in my way. Hence, this post. It’s not your typical PR topic, but I’m still able to connect with you, and do it in my own way while I’m at it. I don’t want you to find me because I’m easy to find, I want you to find me because you want to find me.
Achieve Balance in All Things
That’s my life now. I was never a mom before, and I wasn’t too worried about spending lots of extra hours after work. But now, I’ve realised that life isn’t all work (and it isn’t all play either). There has to be a balance. That’s why you won’t see me Tweeting on the weekend, even though I’m desperate for more followers (it’s @reemdab, just in case you’re interested). I need to have balance, and that balance is what makes me a better employee when I’m actually here.
So, while trying to spin that article by pickyourbrain into PR, I think I did a pretty good job. As a PR professional, life can get hectic and it can get stressful, but it never hurts to take a step back, snap your fingers and whistle the tune, ‘Don’t worry be happy’. In fact, I think you should do it for a few minutes at least once a day. Maybe after you’re done, the solution will be a lot clearer.
Are you really happy?