12 Small Steps to Happiness
Lisa Guida | Scrubs Magazine
September 17, 2010
This is an area where nurses are often highly motivated to make some changes.
Sample statement: I’m able to say no without feeling guilty.
A small step: Say no to a small request but one that really bothers you—it will feel great!
Sample statement: I am aware that different environments have an effect on my thoughts.
A small step: Make sure that you have a good laugh every day at home and at work.
8. Playing and Working
Sample statement: I balance challenges with a playful and nurturing attitude and actions.
A small step: Schedule in some fun for yourself, just like you schedule in time for your child’s ball game.
9. Communication (outside of an emergency)
Sample statement: Before I offer help, I find out if it is wanted.
A small step: Set a goal of stopping to breathe first and then ask if help is wanted before jumping in to help out.
Sample statement: I am able to experience a gratifying relationship despite the presence of unresolved conflicts.
A small step: Make a point of trying to enjoy the positive aspects about someone at dinner tonight.
11. Finding meaning
Sample statement: I focus my awareness on the present moment instead of the past or future.
A small step: Make a point of checking in with yourself at a certain time each day to experience just that moment in time.
Sample statement: I experience myself as part of a larger whole.
A small step: Notice the bigger picture in some of your volunteer work.