The Wall Street Journal reported that more and more employers are enlisting happiness coaches. Love that image.
“Line-up for smile drills. Jones, why are you frowning? Give me 25 guffaws pronto!”
The actual concept is a trainer or speaker who will teach you how to practice new behaviors, cheer up and stop stressing out.
The Journal notes that the methods these trainers teach differ from the skills coaches usually promote, such as advancing your career or learning teamwork. Instead, they draw on psychological research and ancient religious traditions to teach inner peace, gratitude, kindness and resiliency in the face of adversity – of which there is plenty in today’s workplace. Employees are urged to meditate, send daily e-mails thanking their co-workers for things, write in a journal about things they’re grateful for or help someone without expecting anything in return.