While in Amman, Jordan I had the opportunity to conduct a small happiness workshop for the employees of Injaz. Injaz works to empower youth to become productive members of society and succeed in the global economy. They believe in the potential of every youth and go to great lengths to unlock it.
A friend of a friend got me in touch with them. I had hoped to work with the youth and inspire them to dream beyond their constraints, but language barriers made this impossible. So the next best thing happened – I got to work with the employees.
They are already highly motivated and deeply care about the organization and the youth they work with. It was incredibly refreshing to see this, as my contact with the corporate world so often revealed innate unhappiness and a conflict between employees’ personal values and the values of the corporations they work for.
I was only given a few hours to prepare for the workshop, but all who attended seemed pleased with what I had to say. I encouraged them to really focus on their own personal happiness – to decide to be happy. Many tips were given here and how to cope with the stresses of life and work.
Tips were also given for how to promote more happiness at work, with many examples of studies conducted that “prove” this stuff works.
Only time will tell if I made an impact, but I’m looking forward to doing these kinds of workshops more often going forward.