Happiness Happens Month - Sustainable gift boxes and happiness in the workplace
Social Stories Club is reflecting on happiness this month while we pack sustainable gift boxes. During Happiness Happens Month, people are encouraged to reflect upon their lives and seek out opportunities to make others happy as well. Here are some suggestions for how you can take advantage of this cheerful month. It all starts at home, so why not take care of yourself? You can make someone else smile by doing something nice for them. Maybe you can give up your seat on the bus to someone else, or you might spend time and money on a cause you care about. In this digital age, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of our busy lives. We often find ourselves working hard and spending long hours at the office. Some might even say that the modern workplace is not always a happy place to be. However, there is a growing movement towards organisations that are more than just businesses. Social enterprises are organisations that combine business practices with a social conscious. They exist to tackle societal issues and make people happier as well as financially better off. So what does this mean for those who work in a social enterprise? Are they happier because they are doing good? What are the benefits of working in a social enterprise? Let’s take a look…
The link between volunteering and happiness
With hectic lives, it can be difficult to find the time to volunteer. However, volunteering offers significant benefits. Volunteering helps people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but volunteering may offer even more advantages for you, the volunteer. Volunteering may assist you to discover new friends, getting involved with your community, expanding your professional career, and more. Giving to others can help preserve your mental and physical health. In addition to lowering stress and combating misery, volunteering may keep your mind stimulated and make you feel like you have a purpose. While volunteering does not have to take up a great deal of your time or require a long-term commitment to deliver benefits, it's still worthwhile in small ways. In addition to improving your health and well-being, volunteering can benefit those in need. Volunteering with friends is a wonderful method to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships. Volunteering with new people, particularly if you are new to an area, may help you build new relationships. Working with others, particularly if you are new to an area, may help you meet new people and develop new friendships. By developing new relationships and broadening their support networks, you may meet other people with similar interests, resources, and enjoyable activities in your neighbourhood. Volunteering has been shown to have a profound impact on psychological well-being. Meeting another person can reduce stress. With the help of animals and other creatures, research has demonstrated that helping others increases pleasure and reduces stress and anxiety. The more we give, the happier we feel. Our brains are hard-wired to help others.
A hug in a box creates happiness in a sustainable way
Social Stories Club delivers a fun and engaging introduction to social entrepreneurship via sustainable hampers, which come with a storybook that discusses the social stories behind the teas, chocolates, and biscuits included in each corporate gift box. We are on a mission to make social enterprise a household name and establish it as the default business model. Social enterprises are solving some of the world's biggest challenges. Our sustainable gift hampers emphasise the social history of the items. Social stories can activate individuals to start conversations, provide hope for the future, and produce fundamental belief system changes. By connecting the world with the stories behind social companies, we are demonstrating that there is a better way to do business and a new universe is being created one company at a time. Businesses will take the lead in solving some of the world's greatest issues as a result of their efforts. Social businesses such as Social Stories Club help us get nearer to the goal of a better world by allowing us to make purchases that align with our values and create a social impact with every purchase we make. In the face of growing uncertainty about the future, we can connect with others through shared experiences.
Send a hug through the mail in the form of our bestselling Hug in a Box. It is the perfect present for family, friends, or co-workers. This sustainable gift box is a simple and thoughtful way to make their day brighter. A hug in a box creates so much happiness for those who give the gift, those who receive the gift, those who work for Social Stories Club, and the beneficiaries of all the social enterprises included.
What makes us happy?
Outside of sending sustainable hampers across the world every day, our team engages in a lot of different hobbies. For Oksana, yoga brings her happiness, and for Adam, it’s playing pool with his friends. Aayush loves flying and is training to be a pilot, and Karis loves to write fictional comedy sketches. For the whole team, we love that the work we do at Social Stories Club is making the world a better place. Working a job you love is one of the surest ways to ensure you are happy. Not only does this make your day-to-day life more enjoyable, but it can also lead to other benefits like improved work performance and job satisfaction. In addition, working a job you love can help you avoid burnout and improve your overall well-being. So what’s holding you back from working a job you love? If you are unsure about whether or not you are passionate about the work you do, start by assessing your current situation. For example, are your co-workers pleasant and supportive? Are there opportunities for professional growth within the company? If the answers to these questions are yes, then chances are that working a job you love is possible. Working a job you love is one of the biggest factors in making you happy.
Now that you know what makes us happy, how are you going to make someone else happy? The most important thing to remember is that it's okay to be happy for others. Be willing to share your happiness. Do not be afraid to show appreciation for the things other people do for you. Make sure that you are paying attention to the little things that make others happy because those are often the things that bring you the most joy. This is not only a good way to make someone else happy, but it can also boost your happiness and make you more likely to make positive changes in your life. Evidence has shown that people are happier when working for companies with a social purpose. Social business offers people the potential to create a better world for everyone. Social businesses are making a positive impact through their actions and products. An example is Social Stories Club, a social enterprise creating sustainable gift boxes. Whether you are interested in funding social causes or simply want to learn more, there are many social businesses out there that you can connect with. Look online to find the ones that interest you. For example, you can search on LinkedIn's directory for social enterprises like Social Stories Club. Look up companies that are making a positive impact in the world through their products and services, especially those that are focused on sustainability. Reach out to them, and see if you can get involved. You may discover that working with a social business is a great job for you. You will get to do something you love and see the world a little differently each day.
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It is Christmas time and that means one thing for many people: it’s time to get gifts for the people you care about! Whether you are the boss or a co-worker, there are plenty of ways to show your appreciation for people who help you out. And the best part is that these gifts can actually make your team more productive! There are a number of reasons why getting your employees something special for Christmas can be a smart idea. First off, it’s important to recognise their hard work. Most people put in long hours at work, so it makes sense to show them some appreciation. Second, gifts can build trust and be an important way to form relationships with other people. So even if you do not have time to go out and buy a big present, you can still pop into the office and give them a small gift. For more reasons to buy an employee gift box this year, read on.
Team cohesion is one of the most important factors when it comes to workplace success. It's vital that everyone on a team feels valued and connected, which is why corporate gift hampers are such a great way to achieve this goal. These gift boxes show that the company cares about its employees.
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Over the pandemic, we saw an 80% increase in the search for the term “online gift” with an employee gift box being used to connect teams working virtually. HR teams are always looking for ways to increase employee happiness and team cohesion and gifting is often their go-to strategy.
Giving gifts to friends, family, and loved ones during the holidays can be challenging if you do not know what to get them. Who knows the person you are buying for well enough to know what they would truly love? For vegans, this can turn out to be even more of a challenge.
Social Stories Club Corporate Gifting
If you are looking to show your team how much they are appreciated, attract and retain clients, or you have a corporate event and you want to create an impression, then our sustainable corporate hampers are just what you need. We have created the most exciting gift to give and receive which are packaged beautifully using sustainable materials, filled with delicious products made by social enterprises, and also include a storybook starting conversations about sustainability.
"Social Stories Club is a fantastic initiative that enables social enterprises to collaborate in such a creative way. The perfect way to buy gifts with a social impact" - David Adair, Head of Community Engagement, PwC