“To be or not to be happy is the question,” if so, I don’t think anyone wakes up to be sad. Then why does it happen that some days we are happy, and some aren’t? You know what, happiness isn’t a state of constant jubilation. Instead, it is an overall sense of experiencing more positive emotions than negative ones. The reasons to be happy differ for each person; people derive happiness from feelings of joy, satisfaction, contentment and fulfilment. Happiness is a choice that one makes every day, in every situation. Hence, we are in total control of happiness. So, choose happiness every time you get a chance! No one else can make you happy unless you choose to be.
Happiness is contagious
Fostering happiness is a core value at Yotta. It implies celebrating, promoting, and proliferating mindshare of joy, gratitude, deep camaraderie with our customers, colleagues and partners, and contentment with a sense of anticipation of ‘What Next?’
It is a state of mind that’s focused on the inner well-being and contributing to the well-being of others. It entails finding positive emotions a deep sense of engagement and meaning through People, Process, and Presence.
People are at the top of the agenda at Yotta. Our people’s health and well-being are not treated as add-ons or good-to-have initiatives for us; they are our priorities. In today’s work-life integrating environment and highly interconnected economy, employees spend a large portion of their time at work. We understand there is no one-size-fits-all approach to happiness and well-being. All dimensions of wellness are given equal importance – Physical, Mental, Social, Emotional, Environmental and Spiritual. These factors are strongly associated with people’s happiness as they are inculcated at the personal level.
Other factors like the organisation’s atmosphere, relationships, work satisfaction, autonomy, leadership, compensation, benefits and rewards are also valued while growing the happiness quotient at Yotta. We have adopted some best practices such as hybrid work culture, preventive health and wellness program, connecting with extended families to build personal bonds, fostering a sense of belonging, and promoting diversity and inclusion. At the same time, we aspire to develop Yotta as an admirable brand creating equal opportunities for all. We strongly believe in enabling the holistic well-being of our people to build a positive work environment where the organisation and individuals thrive at their best.
Happy employees = Happy Customers = Successful Organisation
Being happy at work means thoroughly enjoying and loving what you do. Happy employees increase productivity through greater performance and engagement while also leaving a positive example to attract the best of talents; this has a significant positive impact on the organisational culture. Happier employees are healthier, and their positive outlook towards situations makes them ideal role models for others who believe in collective growth. Happiness is also a catalyst for creativity and innovation, the lifeblood in today’s business environment. Happy employees are inspired to take risks, think out of the box, and develop creative solutions. They feel invested in the organisation’s goals and are more attentive towards customers’ needs. In a nutshell, Happy Employees = Happy Customers = Successful Organisation.
Don’t worry, be happy
It is said that our brain is three times more creative when it’s in a positive state. On the flip side, worries and anxiety lead to negative thoughts, hindering growth. Comparison with others, lack of gratitude, fear of missing out, holding onto the past, and the ill impact of the pandemic have collectively increased anxiety and depression levels, which have impacted people’s mental well-being. Mental stability and happiness are closely linked. It’s almost impossible to achieve one without the other. Being active, mindful, positive, grateful are some small steps that lead to happiness. There are more reasons to be happy than not, and Yotta is partnering with its people through various engagements to uplift the happiness quotient.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination
Study says 50% of overall life satisfaction is determined by genetics, 10% due to external events and 40% due to individual activities; hence some people have a naturally higher baseline for happiness. While one may not be able to control their happiness baseline, there are a plethora of things that can be done to make life happier and more fulfilling. It is also important to understand that happiness doesn’t come from something we don’t have; it comes from what we already have, so let’s celebrate life by accepting, acknowledging, and appreciating each other.
The 3 A’s of Happiness: Accept, Acknowledge and Appreciate
Accept your purpose: People with a purpose have better well-being and feel more fulfilled. Finding a goal that you deeply care about shall lead to productive and positive actions. It could be exploring your interests and passions, engaging in prosocial and altruistic causes such as helping, comforting and sharing with others – doing things simply with a desire to help. A meaningful purpose increases, coupled with healthy behaviours, increase happiness by multi-folds.
Acknowledge the reality: Even the happiest of individuals can feel weak from time to time with feelings of anger, irritation, fear, or reluctance. Denying bad feelings intensifies them; acknowledging them allows good feelings to return. Happy people can accept failures and achieve higher success in the long run.
Appreciation is the key to inner peace: Being appreciative comes with wisdom and virtue; it’s a life practice that gives people hope and pushes them to keep going. So let’s all appreciate what is given to us, what we have achieved, our people, job, family, friends, skills and much more. Unfortunately, sometimes we let these belongings slip through our fingers without noticing and appreciating them.
Leaving you all with a question to ask yourself every day, “How can I be the happier version of myself today?” Trust me, the results will leave you surprised; you may find the ‘New You’, the ‘Happy You’. So, habituate yourself to choose happiness every day, whenever you get a chance!