In 2012, the United Nations established March 20th as the International Day of Happiness as a catalyst for people to try to create a happier world for themselves and for others. Bhutan has embraced the idea and developed a Gross National Happiness metric that’s looked at alongside GDP as a way to measure a country’s economic success. We dig it, and are hoping that other countries will follow suit. In the meantime, we’re spending today taking this concept seriously and thinking about a few of our joy-inducing tricks.
Kitchen dancing: We did a lot of hosting this weekend, and in the middle of the inevitable chaos of navigating a small kitchen together, Ben and I amped up the music to do a little kitchen dancing. There’s something about dancing with abandon in the kitchen that brings full on happiness back into any room. We tend to break it out if we’re starting to get irritated by the lack of counter space or simultaneous chopping, washing, and cooking that has to happen within a two foot radius. This weekend our signal was me holding a knife in the air and shouting “You’re always in the EXACT wrong spot!!” Time for a kitchen dance.
Trampoline workouts: Turns out jumping up and down on a trampoline like a little kid serves up a serious workout. While you need a little real estate — which runs sparse in NYC — to have one of your own, as long as you’ve got high ceilings, you’re golden. The other option is to check out one of the many trampoline-equipped gyms in the city. Even if this wasn’t a great workout, wouldn’t it be worth doing anyway for the pure joy of getting bounced into the air?
Poking fun at work life: We all do semi-ridiculous things in the name of workplace culture. If I ever need a quick mid-week laugh, I pull up Justin Timberlake’s and Jimmy Fallon’s #hashtag skit that reminds me how ridiculous our social media language and engagement can be. Another one for work-related comedic relief? This viral skit that emulates a conference call in real life. We’ve ALL experienced conference calls like this, and probably will again this week.
What do you do for a quick burst of happiness or laughter?