Happy Nurses Week
Nurses bring more than skills, critical thinking and medications to the bedside. They bring happiness.
Research in the field of Positive Psychology and happiness describe happy people as those who experience frequent positive emotions, such as joy or contentment. Happy people experience infrequent (but not absent) negative emotions like sadness or anxiety. Happiness also relates to life satisfaction and appreciation of life.
Shawn Acher, author of The Happiness Advantage, stated that “Scientifically, happiness is a choice. Scientifically, happiness is an advantage, improving every single one of our business and educational outcomes and many of our health outcomes, and happiness is extraordinarily contagious.”
You can actually feel joy and happiness when you are helping a patient and their family reach their health potential.
As a nurse what brings you happiness?
When have you experienced joy in your nursing career?
How do you bring happiness to the world?
Spend time this week reflecting on the moments in your career that bring happiness and joy.
Here are just a few I remember…starting my first IV, helping a mom with breastfeeding her newborn, precepting a newly graduated nurse, going to graduate school at Duke University and enjoying a presentation with fellow nurse entrepreneurs at the National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA) conference. https://nnbanow.com/
Share your moments of happiness as a nurse below. I can’t wait to hear from you!
Enjoy celebrating YOU this week and every week!
You can find more information on Positive Psychology and happiness at the Authentic Happiness website. https://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/