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Finding the positive in that 9-5 grind can be a challenge. So many of us think of work as work, and it’s the one place we may forget to show a little kindness. Unsubscribe to the negative attitude that might make the office miserable by spreading some love!
Here are a few ways to pump up the positivity at your work today, tomorrow, and all year long:
Kind words are contagious. When you have a few minutes to spare between meetings, grab a pile of sticky notes and write uplifting affirmations on them. Need some inspiration? Play around on Pinterest! Place those little notes packed with positivity around the office—like the break room, kitchen area, conference rooms, or even at someone’s desk who you know is having a hard day.
You wouldn’t like someone talking about you behind your back, so make it a point to return the favor. When that one coworker corners you in the kitchen about someone’s outfit or who’s presentation didn’t go as planned, refrain from the drama and try changing the topic. You’ll feel better without all that negative energy.
The new guy—or girl—at the office might not have many work friends yet, so include them in your lunch plans. Whether you head out to grab your grub at the local spot, or meal prep is on the menu at the kitchen tables, your coworker will be grateful for the effort.
Did Andy from IT serve as your tech spirit guide when your laptop faded to black? Has Julie run a marathon over the weekend? Validate their hard work with a “Well done,” “Good job,” or just a solid thumbs up.
Are you running to Target after work in your coworker’s neck of the woods? Maybe you just found out someone lives in your neighborhood? If they normally take the train or bus, offer the occasional ride instead. Added bonus: you can get to know each other better on the drive! Find out something new about them—a little compassionate conversation goes a long way.
We’ve all done that frantic run to catch the elevator—meeting notes falling all over the floor, keys flying right out of your bag... it’s a stressful mess! Next time you see that person making the sprint to the elevator or door, hold it open. It’s a simple gesture, but it could turn their whole day around.
There’s nothing like an unexpected iced coffee, latte, or tea! No matter the season (or the reason), treat your desk buddy to their favorite beverage! It will be just the late-day pick-me-up they need.
The smallest act of kindness can make a big impact. Aside from making us feel good, there’s also a healthy benefit to paying it forward. Being kind produces oxytocin, or the “love hormone,” which helps to lower blood pressure and improves heart health.
When this positivity is promoted it creates an emotional bond, which—to us—sounds like a great way to connect with your coworkers.
For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.
This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal.
You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.
As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.
Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.
The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.
A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.
The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.
The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.
Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.
Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th.
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