In this week’s blog I’d like to share with you a Scandinavian word you might or might not have heard of before – Arbejdsglaede.

And what does it mean?  Happiness at work.

It’s a Scandinavian concept and no other country has a word for this, which I find quite interesting. If you’re reading this as the owner of a business, it’s probably a concept you’re going to be quite interested in. How happy are your staff and your employees? And as an individual, how happy are you in the line of work you’re doing?

A lot of the content I’ve talked about recently has been around some of the more underappreciated aspects of well-being, like autonomy, variety, purpose, and work life balance. I think for a lot of us, work has really encroached into personal time, and we find it difficult to find that blend rather than balance – the perfect combination of satisfactory time at work, and having the bandwidth of energy and emotion to come and enjoy yourself when you’re at home as well as in your personal life.

One concept which I think is extremely important for this is the concept of heartfulness. It’s about reconnecting with something you used to love – maybe you used to love knitting or running or theatre, but you just find the convergent pressures of work and home have squeezed out the bandwidth you have to do that.

I urge you to try and reconnect with some of those lost passions and lost hobbies or projects, even if it’s just for five, six, seven minutes a week. And then you can build on that once you’ve really reconnected with how good it makes you feel.

The other side of heartfulness is contribution. It’s doing something for someone else. It’s getting you involved in volunteering, for example. I spend a lot of my time volunteering, and I also fundraise for Alzheimer’s research – it makes me feel great to do something for someone else.

But what is it for you that takes you out of self and that is entirely about someone else or something else, a cause that’s bigger than you? And I think when you start to put your focus on that, then the blend or the balance that we so seek, starts to reappear.

It’s a really simple concept…Heartfulness. By doing something for someone else and getting out of self or reconnecting with stuff you used to love – I think we will find more of that arbejdsglaede, more happiness at work.

So, try and give it a go and see the positive impact it will have on your personal and work life.

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  • Leanne is an award-winning entrepreneur and the founder of Bodyshot Performance Limited. She delivered a TEDx talk on 'Why fitness is more important than weight', is the author of bestselling books 'Remove the Guesswork' and 'Rise and Shine', and hosts a podcast called ’Remove the Guesswork‘. Leanne is the founder of Bodyshot Performance, an award-winning health and wellbeing company. Bodyshot Performance work with businesses of up to 500 people who want to create a culture of energy, vitality and performance through the business and position wellbeing as a competitive advantage. Bodyshot intersect the latest science and technology to provide unique solutions to the challenge of wellbeing in the workplace that have a direct impact on the bottom line. Our clients have won awards for wellbeing and recognise it directly improves employee engagement and retention and attracts talent into the business.  We also work with chronically stressed or burned out professionals to get you back in control of your health and able to do the things you want to do in life. My expertise is around health, fitness and wellbeing, specifically focusing on sleep, mental health, energy, body composition, digestion and fitness. I host a popular podcast on iTunes called ’Remove the Guesswork ‘, and in November 2016 I delivered a TEDx talk on 'Why fitness is more important than weight'. I’m the author of the bestselling books 'Remove the Guesswork' and 'Rise and Shine' and I regularly speak to corporates on health and wellbeing. My personal values are to live truthfully, considerately and to "suck all the marrow out of life" as Thoreau said. I support the charity Diversity Role Models which works to combat homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. I recently completed the world’s toughest ski race to raise £10,125 for Alzheimer's Research as my father-in-law was profoundly ill with Alzheimers, and I am on a constant mission to find ways to live in a way that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. I love sport, fitness, reading, gardening, business, podcasting, and being with my cat and our scampish little rescue dog, Kami from Romania.