If you’re feeling sad, stuck, tired or hopeless, I have a helpful insight for how to find happiness – which is based on interesting research about “presenteeism.” Learn more about this empowering perspective.
I’ve always noticed the word “cure” in pedicure.
And I find the presence of this “cure” suffix very fitting.
For me, a pedicure is a helpful cure for many things:
Last week I became sick – due to overworking and under-self pampering.
This week, as soon as I could muster the energy, I meandered across the street to get a yearned-for pedicure.
So I headed over to “The Great Wall Of Nail Colors,” and began trolling for a peppy hue – landing on a gold color with gold flakes of sparkles.
I sat down in the pedicure lounge chair.
To my right sat a conservatively dressed woman, garbed in a dark blue skirt suit. A lawyer, I guessed.
To my left sat a salt-and-pepper haired woman (in her seventies) who handed her pedicurist a sparkle-infused purple polish – a surprising color choice, considering she was dressed head to toe in beige. Or rather head to ankle in beige – since her toes were about to tell a totally different colorful tale about her spirit – than the rest of her pale, neutral ensemble.
As I looked around the salon, I became aware of how pretty much everyone’s little piggies were not dressed to go to market. But rather these piggies were dressed to boogie-down at a disco.
Being the “Glad Scientist” that I am (I’m a research geek on happiness studies), I found myself intrigued and delighted by how flashy these women’s toe color choices were – compared to the rest of their conservative appearance.
I hoped it was the former!
Basically, I hoped that this toe nail polish created a ripple affect into the rest of their lives to live boldly and colorfully – getting in touch with their inner “kick-ass” self!
I thought about how these are great mood-boosting mantras to go along with those pizzazz-boosting colors.
It would be fun to consciously choose to take on being these polish names – from head to toe – and not just simply from ankle to toe!
It would be awesome to live up to the name of our toenail polish – for as long as the toenail polish can last!
All of this brings me to a favorite topic of mine: “presenteeism.”
First, let me explain to you how I discovered this fascinating topic called “presenteeism.”
I was researching my TEDx presentation – called “Fun is your high performance fuel. The importance of play at work.”
During my TEDx research, I came across something called “presenteeism” – which studies reported can be as dangerous to a business as “absenteeism.”
You’re present – but you’re emotionally absent – because you are not engaged in your work!
Although your body might be in your office chair – your mind and heart are entirely somewhere else.
As a result, your performance and productivity suffers.
You must take time to create fun, playfulness and heart-felt connections at work.
My visit to the nail salon reminded me that “presenteeism” isn’t just a work problem.
If we’re not careful, we can get so busy, so stressed, so overwhelmed, or simply so bored-in-our-routine – that although we are present in our lives, we’re emotionally absent.
The solution? We need to make sure we’re adding color and pizzazz to our lives – and in more places of our lives than just our toes!
We need to stay on our proverbial toes – and make sure we’re letting our spirits out to play – on a daily basis.
Basically, just as “fun is a high performance fuel at work,” fun is a high performance fuel in all aspects of life:
Today think about how you can add a little more fun to your life – a little more pizzazz!
Think about how you can swap your old ways for bold ways!
Plus think about how you might add more color into your life – by adding in more music, more art, more spicier/unusual food choices, more daring heart-felt conversation.
Look at this list of powerful verbs (below) – and decide to use them in more than just a physical sense – but emotional sense:
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