The word ‘karma’ is derived from the Sanskrit Kri, meaning ‘to do’. However, in the yogic context karma means not only action, but also the result of an action. Karma is defined as the force generated by a person’s actions, habits, and behaviours. It is not based on something intangible or uncontrollable. Karma exists day to day and, for all of us who spend most of our days working. Creating good karma is not about being religious. One need not even be a Buddhist or belong to any religious faith to create good karma. What you do need is to develop a kind attitude toward others.
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Create Good karma everyday.
Reacting Positive to a Negative Situation. When something horrible happens to you try really hard before overreacting and getting angry to take a deep breath and find the positive or “silver lining” in the situation. Every incident has one, you just have to find it.
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.
Show respect to yourself and others. Recognize your own worthiness. We are each here for a purpose. We deserve to be treated with respect and reverence. Why are we so hard on ourselves and each other? We’re each doing the best we can. We’re here to learn and grow, and sometimes we do that by making mistakes – and that’s okay!
Talk less, listen more. Many conflicts escalate from what start out as harmless word exchanges. Then one or the other person says too much, too little, or the wrong thing and trouble begins to brew.
Avoid controversial topics. Everyone knows that no matter who you are or where you work, certain topics should remain off limits. These topics typically include politics, religion and personal values, among others.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.-Anne Frank
Strive to go above and beyond. Fulfilling the scope of your job description is respectable, but you should always be asking yourself, “Could I do more?” You may not get recognised or paid every time you go beyond the call of duty, but if you make a habit of doing the right thing you will eventually get paid for it.
Sidestep office politics. stay away from employees who complain, gossip, or whine and don’t become one. If you have a problem, take it to someone who can help.
Give others compassion and kindness without expecting anything in return. “Doing compassionate things for others can bring about instant Happiness”. When you stop focusing on just you, and instead help or turn your focus to others, you get a sense of fulfillment that’s profound. You know you’re having a positive impact on them.” The karma reward you will reap is happiness.
Appreciate all the people in the office. Chat with the security guard or receptionist and find out about their family or interests. Leave a thank you note – or a holiday tip or gift. Thank the intern for their assistance and offer a recommendation or some mentoring.
“The real trick to creating good karma is realising you have control over your thoughts and feelings. When you feel yourself slipping over the edge, feeling overwhelmed, or full of anxiety or frustration – you simply take a parental time out to breathe in and out, and think about the good things in your life”.
Smile. Smiling makes people feel good about themselves and makes your workplace, school or home a more positive environment.
Start with small kindnesses. You know, the little things – hold the door open for a colleague or answer the phone when the admin is away or very busy. Refill the copy paper tray. Make fresh coffee.
Do Things That Benefit Everyone. Create Win-Win Situations Win-Win= Wins.
Help new people. Do you remember how hard it was when you first started in your job? Show the new person around, show them how to user the scanner and printer. It seems simple but they’ll be very thankful.
Be aware of your annoying habits. Do your best to avoid irritating your co-workers, especially if you work in an open environment where people are in close proximity to one another.
Understand Your Colleagues and Your Workplace. Do your best not to judge others until you’ve walked in their shoes. We each have to map our own path to balance and define what is “right” for us.
Benefits of Good Karma
- People Will Treat You Like You Want to Be Treated
- Peace and Happiness Will Attract Into Your Life
- You Will Gain More Respect
- Love Will Flourish Around You
- You Will Have Naturally Lower Stress Levels
- Unexpected Good Things Will Come to You
- You Will Have More Friends
- You Will Have Stronger Relationships
Even one random act of kindness can be transformational. Imagine what the world would be like if there was no hate. What if instead, people were only kind to one another?
So how do you create good karma at work? Any other tips for creating good karma?