Dr Sophie Keller, is the cofounder of Los Angeles’s Village Workspaces. When the brand’s second coworking space opened in West L.A. last month, Keller and her crew made employee wellness and a happier workday a top priority, bringing in an organic and gluten-free vending machine, desk-side Juice Served Here delivery, and in-house yoga, fitness, and meditation classes, among other things. (Um, when can I move in?). Sophie sat down for an interview with Allure Magazine on how to make a happier workday.
All of these healthy perks aren’t just an attempt to chase trends, says the positive psychology and wellbeing expert: “Employee happiness and well-being are the greatest economic advantages a company can have…so when we make our members happier, we’re hopefully influencing their bottom line.”
What if your workplace doesn’t have free massages and an open bar? According to Sophie Keller, there are loads of little rituals we can adopt on an individual level to boost job satisfaction. “It’s easy to let the day control you, instead of you controlling the day,” she says, adding that having a happiness practice is a major source of empowerment and, in turn, on-the-clock contentment. Here, Keller fills us in on four of her favorite rites that make the 9-to-5 a little more blissful. What you put in your coffee cup, however, is still totally your call.
- Make your to-do list more mindful – If your out-of-control workload sends you into stress mode, Keller suggests that when you get to work, the first thing you need to do is to write a list of goals you want to accomplish that day. After numbering your goals in order of importance, Keller suggests putting a star next to all the tasks you can accomplish in under a few minutes and do those first. “You can get five tasks done in ten minutes, Which is really satisfying.” she says.
- Get moving – By now, you probably know why it pays to have a standing desk: Keller says it’s nice to have the option to stand as it helps you burn calories, rev circulation, and boost productivity, all of which ultimately leads you to feel happier. If that’s not an option, Keller suggests breaking up your day with a walk or a short bout of exercise for a natural energy boost—and some mood-enhancing sunshine.