Let’s Talk About Happiness for a Change

Labor shortages, market disruptions, workplace emergencies — BedTimes has covered all of it. But, this month, we’re setting all of the heavy topics aside and focusing on a different subject — workplace happiness.

Do you think being happy at work is too tall an order? In this month’s cover story, writer Julie A. Palm interviews a raft of industry executives who would disagree. Certainly, work involves its share of failed projects, missed deadlines and throbbing headaches (ahem!), but check out what these leaders in the sleep products industry have to say. Read their tips for creating a more cheerful work environment and more motivated, contented employees. You’ll also find out what makes these executives happy themselves.

Researchers have been studying happiness a lot lately. They say being around happy people makes you happier. In other words, it’s contagious. So, if your work environment is a cheerful one, there is a good chance it will rub off on you.

Infographic vacation is good for you

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But there is a caveat to my column. If you’re on vacation right now, you need to put down this copy of BedTimes or your mobile phone, close your eyes and wiggle your toes in the sand. One of the keys to contentment at work, as Palm notes, is to make sure you spend enough time away from it.

And, if you haven’t taken your summer vacation yet or even planned it — again — stop reading, open your calendar and select your dates. I promise to do the same!

A survey conducted in 2018 by Glassdoor quoted this unhappy figure: 54% of American workers didn’t take all of their allotted time off.

There’s another thing about happiness that everyone in the bedding industry knows, but do we practice what we preach? It’s about the importance of a good night’s sleep. In BedTimes, we’ve covered numerous scientific studies that link adequate sleep to feelings of well-being and improved mental and physical health, while inadequate sleep takes a heavy toll. PS: If you aren’t sleeping well, check the comfort of your mattress. It may be time for a replacement (using your employee discount, of course).

We’re so happy to bring you the August issue of BedTimes!

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