These last few days have been really gorgeous. Streaming sunshine and a gentle breeze have made for perfect weekend weather.  After the long and gloomy winter that seemed to drag on forever, this recent spell of sunshine has brought out the best in everyone. Off with baggy winter coats and polar bear outfits and on with summer cottons and smiles. This natural transition is making everyone happy it seems.

There’s no doubt about it, just as the weather can make us happy then so can positive people. In English there is even a saying “he is like a ray of sunshine” and a ray of sunshine is exactly what every working environment needs. One happy person at the office coffee machine can have an enormous impact on the morale of many, many people.  I believe that happiness and positive thinking are the two essentials for running a successful business.All the studies point in the same direction: happy people are statistically more successful than their unhappy counterparts. They tend to create positive environments around them that encourage effort and creativity from everyone within their influence.

And while most businesses nowadays are trying to focus on being ‘lean’, I want to promote being ‘happy’ as the primary ingredient.  Real happiness has nothing to do with loads of pay and lots of time off, quite the contrary. The happiest environments I ever helped create were the ones where money was often short and the working hours long and where the team spirit far outweighed the ‘me’ .

Broken teams with dis-satisfied managers usually lack two main ingredients: smiles and laughter. It’s time therefore to bring in a Ray or Sally of sunshine into every office, and this can best be done by positively discriminating towards positive, happy people. I don’t believe there is a law against it and if there was (and you broke it) I wouldn’t tell on you!

Have a good week,

Harley