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How doing something you love really does make you happier

At EKM we strongly believe that everybody should do something that they love, as life’s too short to be unhappy or stuck in a job that you don’t enjoy. Many people go through life deferring their happiness, thinking “I’ll be happy when it’s the weekend”, “I’ll be happy when I get that pay rise”, “I’ll be happy when I go on holiday” or even “I’ll be happy when I retire”. But why wait? Why spend your life counting down the days to retirement, when you could live in the moment and be happy with what you have now?
[quote] “There’s only one place that your happiness can ever come from, and that’s your thinking” – Dr Andy Cope, Art of Brilliance
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There’s no reason to put your happiness on hold. It’s possible for anyone to follow their dreams and passions, and do something they love, all you need to do is simply change the way you think. There’s no better time to make a change than now. You don’t want to get to the age of 80 and look back with regrets about things you didn’t do, your mind full of ‘what ifs’. Start believing in yourself, take a step out of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid of failure.

THE FESTIVAL OF HAPPINESS

We recently attended an event that inspired us to spread this message and create this blog post, and this event was the Festival of Happiness 2018.

On Saturday the 2nd June 2018, the EKM team hit the road and travelled to Manchester for the Festival of Happiness 2018 at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. The event embodied everything that we believe in at EKM, so we showed our support and became the official sponsors, to reinforce that everyone should be happy doing something they love! It was this event that inspired us to write this blog post, sharing the key messages from the fantastic motivational speakers. Messages that have the power to change our mindset and the way we live our lives.


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Our very own Business Development manager Mark spread EKM’s message that everyone should be able to do something they love.
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ENJOY THE WEEK, NOT JUST THE WEEKEND

It’s engraved in us to believe that Mondays are bad and Fridays are good. You may have experienced the ‘Sunday Blues’, feelings of internal dread for the first day back at work. We’ve been conditioned to hate Mondays because it’s the norm – everyone else hates them so we should too.
[quote] Mondays are worth 1/7th of our entire life. If we hate Mondays we spend 1/7th of our life with a negative mindset.
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But what if Mondays were an opportunity to start fresh? A chance to have a brilliant week? If you begin the week on a positive note, it will have a knock on effect for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and so on. It’s possible to look forward to going into work, so long as you’re doing something you love. If you find yourself waking up to the sound of your alarm every Monday morning, wishing you could do anything but go to work, then you need to make a change.


[quote] “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle” – Steve Jobs, Apple
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DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

Are you too focused on letting the little things get to you? We’re talking about things that ruin your day before it’s even begun properly. Waking up to a cold house because you didn’t switch the heating on. Getting stuck in traffic on your way to work. Opening the fridge to the tiniest bit of milk that’s not even worth using in your morning coffee. When we let these little things get to use they begin to shape the rest of the day, leaving us with a negative mindset.

But in the grand scheme of things, these annoying little setbacks aren’t really setbacks, they’re just tiny little disruptions in our day to day routine that we blow way out of proportion (particularly if we’re feeling tired or rundown). So, how do we refrain from hanging on to them and instead take them with a pinch of salt?

First of all, whatever you do, don’t moan about them. Don’t spread the negativity to anyone else by complaining about that driver that cut you up on your way to work. It will only bring your mood down by prolonging the anger, and it will bring down the moods of others too.

Put a positive spin on the situation and think of it from a new perspective. That traffic jam you’re stuck in on the way to work isn’t going to magically disappear. There’s nothing you can do about it, so instead, put on your favourite playlist or your favourite album and be happy in the moment rather than letting your anger build up. They didn’t have your favourite sandwich in the supermarket today? That’s OK, use this as an opportunity to try something new that you wouldn’t usually go for.

We get too set in our ways, too afraid of disrupting our daily routines. Let go of your expectations, and remember that it’s never too late to change the course of your day and there’s always tomorrow.

HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND

As we mentioned earlier, negative thoughts and feelings can become magnified when we feel tired or rundown. This is why a healthy lifestyle is essential to a healthy mindset.

GET MOVING

Did you know that taking part in physical activity can help you relax, relieve stress, improve your sleep and in turn improve your immune system? When you exercise your brain releases endorphins, which are scientifically proven to boost your happiness. Exercising for as little as 20 minutes a day can have a huge impact on your mood, and can motivate you in other areas of your life.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Eating a balanced healthy diet consisting of lots of fruit and veggies can massively boost our happiness and our health. The foods we eat have a direct impact on our performance. Have you ever eaten fast food at work, and felt sluggish or unmotivated for the rest of the afternoon? Our brain consumes 20% of our body’s energy, so if you’re eating foods high in calories or refined sugars, you’re more likely to crash later on in the day.

GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP

Having a good night’s sleep is key ingredient to a positive mindset. With our modern fast-paced lifestyles, never-ending to do lists and regular mobile phone usage we can often find it impossible to switch off. It’s recommended that a healthy night’s sleep should last between 7-9 hours, so next time you’re thinking of working till the early hours, stop and consider how much it will affect your productivity tomorrow.

Understandably, with important deadlines looming over us we can’t always stick to a perfect sleep schedule, but it’s something that we should try and adopt into our routines as much as possible.

HYDRATION IS KEY

Drinking plenty of fluids during the day is equally as important as getting a good night’s kip. Your brain is made up of around 75% water, so for it to function properly you should be drinking at least two litres of water a day. Staying hydrated helps to fight tiredness and stress, which has a significant impact on our mood and happiness.

THE RIPPLE EFFECT

One of the key ideas that we took away from the Festival of Happiness 2018 was The Ripple Effect. The idea that we all have the ability to create a ripple in our society by sharing our happiness with others.
[quote] “When your happiness leaks out of you it positively raises the game of people around you. You are contagious, your emotions are contagious.” – Dr Andy Cope, Art of Brilliance
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This blogpost is our contribution to the ripple effect, and we hope to share the positive message with others to help make the world a happier place.

DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY AND DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE

So the moral of this blogpost is to stop worrying, live in the moment and wake up every day happy to be alive. Most people spend 5 out of 7 days in the week working, so make sure that you’re doing something you love, because life’s too short to spend 3/4 of it miserable. Whether you’re working towards your dream career, or you’re working for yourself and being your own boss, now’s a better time than ever to find your passion and roll with it!


[quote] “Do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life” – Confucius, Philosopher
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With special thanks to Andy Cope, Shonette Bason-Wood, Mark Gilbertson, Gavin Oattes, Pete Sweeney, Dean Taylor, Lotte Mikkelsen, Razi Rizvi, Meic Griffiths, Rythmical Mike, the volunteers and 1000 of happy attendees!

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