When was the last time someone gave you a break? How about the last time you gave yourself a break? And how recently have you done something new with a hiatus? The answers may be affecting your happiness, and therefore your success. That’s right: you can become more successful by taking frequent and effective downtime.
Mix Up Your Routine
As we’ve described in detail in a previous post, science is clear that breaks are beneficial.
Research also suggests that when it comes to choosing more happiness in your life, variety counts. A study by Acacia Parks, Sonya Lyubomirksy, and others found that you will get more happiness from doing six different activities during a week, for example, than the same activity six times in a week.
So we want to combine these findings, and suggest some new kinds of breaks for you. We hope that the following six ideas offer creative ways to take a respite:
6 New Ways to Take a Break
We suggest you pick whatever feels most appealing at this moment. Or — since we’re all about gamification at Happy Brain Science — how about rolling a die and letting luck decide? Whichever option you choose, please put it into action right away, then share in the comments how it went. (The following are solutions from our card game and learning tool Choose Happiness @ Work. We think they speak for themselves, but of course we welcome any questions in the comments or on social media.)
Of course, you might have other great suggestions in mind. Don’t be limited by these six options if they don’t feel right for you. Maybe you want to climb a tree, invite a colleague to play a game, or start break dancing!
Really, you deserve a breather!
We seem to be in a busyness contest lately. We brag about how busy we are, and how hard we are working. And yet, too many of us are miserable and not as productive as we might like.
The irony is that those who give themselves a break end up being more successful, creative, and resilient. I hope you’ll choose to get off the device you’re reading this on right now and try one of the tips we provided (or one of your own). And then I hope you’ll come back to let us know what you did and how it went.
Personally, as soon as this blog post is complete, I’m going to go walk around the block, try to make eye contact, and smile to whomever I encounter. If I see you around, I hope you smile back!