By Miranda Massie on February 3, 2016
Highlighting heart health in February always seems appropriate. Hearts and love are top of mind at this time of year, and it’s a nice reminder to keep the ol’ ticker in tip-top shape. Heart health check-ups available this month on campus:
- UBC’s Travelling Health Fair: Sign up for a free personalized health screening
- The CAAMPUS project: Sign up for a free heart health assessment
I’d like to say, however, that heart health doesn’t end there. We are keen to focus a lot of time and attention in ensuring that we are physically well, but what about our emotional health? Is it possible to have a physically healthy heart and yet it still be unwell? February can also be a great time to check-in emotionally with an aspect of our health that is often overlooked.
How Healthy is Your Heart?
Say Thank You: Gratitude is a powerful emotion
Practicing gratitude through thanking others or with private acknowledgement has been linked to increased happiness, contentment, pride and hope. Being grateful can also make us more willing to help others. Send someone a thank-you card, or make a list of the people in your life you are grateful for.
More about gratitude
Acknowledge Achievement: Recognizing others is beneficial to their health as well
Only about 50% of staff and faculty at UBC say they receive recognition for their accomplishments at work. Acknowledging colleagues for their efforts and achievements can make a big difference to their wellbeing and engagement so pass it on!
Start now with custom Thank You cards
Laugh Out Loud: positive impacts on both emotional and physical health
Regular laughter reduces emotional tension and improves emotional connections with others as well as self-confidence. Laughter has also been linked to lower blood pressure and increased muscle relaxation.
Connections between Laughter, Humour and Good Health
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. –William Wordsworth
This month I invite you to explore what heart health means to you. Finding the right balance between its physical and emotional care can be the best Valentine’s Day gift around!
All my best,
By Guest Contributor on October 1, 2014
Guest Contribution by Dr. Joti Samra
Most of us spend more of our waking hours at work than anywhere else. Work, when going well, can be a tremendous source of fulfillment and positivity in our life. However, when the work environment is unhealthy, it can elevate our stress levels, and increase the likelihood we develop a mood issue such as anxiety or depression.
There are a number of key elements that comprise a psychologically healthy workplace: one key element of a good workplace environment is one that provides recognition and reward to its employees.
Employee recognition efforts reward employees for their contributions to a work team, unit or department, both at the individual and collective level. Recognition can take a number of forms that are formal and informal, monetary and non-monetary.
Some ways to recognize and reward employee contributions include:
- Acknowledgement of contributions and milestones
- Employee awards
- Recognition ceremonies [From: APA Center for Organizational Excellence, www.apaexcellence.org]
These types of efforts have a number of positive impacts and help employees feel valued and appreciated as they boost employees’ level of satisfaction, morale, and self-esteem. This results in positive benefits across an organization in terms of higher employee engagement and productivity. Organizations that recognize and reward employees’ efforts have lower turnover, and are able to attract and retain top employees.
Ask yourself what you can do today to recognize or reward – informally or formally – someone who has gone the extra mile in your work team!
Learn more about UBC’s Rewards and Recognition Programs here.
Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych., is a clinical psychologist and organizational and media consultant. She is the host of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Million Dollar Neighbourhood” and was the psychological consultant to CITY-TV’s “The Bachelor Canada”. She has also served as a psychological consultant and expert to a number of other TV shows and news outlets. Dr. Samra maintains a clinical practice in Vancouver. Her website is www.drjotisamra.com and she can be followed @drjotisamra