OG Tuesday Issue #167

The Assist Newsletter
December 4, 2023
Start your morning with this affirmation:
OG Tuesday Affirmation #167
Today’s checklist: Make time for happiness, find your perfect planner, learn about positive reframing, and prepare for the year of the dragon.


Don’t worry, be happy


You can get to “happy,” even if you only have a few seconds.

If you have less than 1 minute 

  • Smile. (That’s all.)
  • Sit up straighter.
If you have 5 minutes or less 
  • Complete one actually quick to-do you’ve been avoiding.
  • Express gratitude for three or more things.
If you have 15+ minutes
  • Clear off one of your shelves at work or at home.
  • Call someone to celebrate their recent good news.
If you have 30+ minutes
  • Do one thing that makes you feel unapologetically enthusiastic. (If that thing is finger-painting, then go for it!)
  • Make a decision you’ve been avoiding.
  • Commit to really listening to someone you care about for 20 minutes.
If you have 1+ hours 
  • Write your own personal happiness commandments. (Just thinking about what makes you happy will make you happy.)
  • Do something nice for someone else. For example, you could write someone a note about why you admire them, bake their favorite treat, or surprise a friend with their favorite delivery meal.


The Emotions Wheel Template


Miro's Emotion Wheel Icebreaker

Created to help teams connect and support each other, this free Emotions Wheel template is a great way to check in with your team, and only takes a few minutes to complete.

Simply share it with your team, grab a dot and place it on the section of the wheel that best represents your emotional state.

Get the free Emotions Wheel Template

P.S. You’ll need to log into or sign up for a free Miro account in order to use the template.


The One Report That Has Hiring Managers Talking


CareerBuilder Hiring Managers Report

If you’re looking to stay up to date in the world of HR, get the exclusive inside look at “Hiring Managers: State of Hiring and Retention Report” from CareerBuilder.

Key topics include:

  • 💡 The current state of hiring and how managers are addressing challenges
  • 💸 How offer packages are changing to meet market demands
  • 📈 2023 retention trends and which retention tactics are being used by most managers
  • 🔮 The future of work environments and what companies are doing to offer flexibility for their employees

Download Your Free Hiring Managers Report


No control? Try coping instead


Stress can trigger a physical response whether the situation merits it or not. Your autonomic nervous and endocrine systems might flood your body with hormones designed to help you run from a charging bull, even if you’re just stressed about going to a holiday party with your new favorite person.

Unfortunately, no matter how much your body wants you to, you can’t run away from every little stressor life throws at you. Fortunately, you can handle stressful situations beyond your control with emotion-focused coping techniques. 

What is emotion-focused coping? 

Emotion-focused coping is trying to control your feelings about or reaction to a stressful situation instead of trying to change the situation itself. Naturally, this is a good technique to turn to when you simply can’t change anything about the situation or when it’s not realistic to change anything about the situation.

For example…

You might label your in-laws as stressors. You might dread going to dinner with them and spend some time ruminating about all the unpleasant things that could happen. If you want to be technical, you could change this situation. You could cancel your dinner plans and avoid seeing them. However, in most cases, that behavior simply isn’t realistic. It would be more mentally healthy to treat this situation as one beyond your control and work on adjusting your feelings about it.

2 go-to emotion-focused coping strategies

1) Positive reframing.
Looking on the bright side. Finding the silver lining. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Lots of generic adages and sayings are centered around positive reframing, or in other words, finding positive things about something you have negative feelings about.

It can sometimes take a lot of creativity and effort, but the emotional relief is well worth it.

Prompts for finding the positive in your negative:

  • What do I enjoy about this?
  • What could I enjoy about this if I let myself?
  • What can I learn from this?
  • How does this benefit me or someone else?
  • What’s good about this?
  • What could be funny about this?
  • What aspects of this could I feel more grateful about?

2) Journaling. 
Just write out everything you’re feeling. It doesn’t have to make sense. It doesn’t have to have punctuation. You’re just getting the negativity out of your head and onto a page. Just by writing out all the badness, many people accidentally experience ideas or insights.

Furthermore, many people find journaling effective because it doesn’t require them to put on the same rose-colored glasses (and maybe rolling their eyes while doing so) as positive reframing does.


The Festival of Lights


Hanukkah begins this Thursday, December 7 and ends on Friday, December 15.

The Jewish festival commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

It’s also called the Festival of Lights because celebrants traditionally light one candle on the menorah each night.

Hungry? Try making sufganiyot, oil-fried, jelly-filled donuts, maybe while listening to Dave Grohl’s Hanukkah sessions.

🕎 Find more ideas for how to celebrate.


Stuff we’re loving rn


🏠 Work From Home: If you’re working from home and looking to elevate your set up, consider a standing desk so you don’t experience all the negative effects of sitting all day long. (Pair it with a walking pad and you can seamlessly burn calories while you work!)

👜 Accessory: Admittedly, we got bombarded Bandolier IG ads…and eventually gave in (no regrets!). If you’re looking for a stylish way to carry around your phone and card/cash, we’re digging their Lily Crossbody Set.

🤖 Tool: You’re probably familiar with chatGPT by now, but have you heard of Ideogram? Type a description for an image you’d like to see, and it’ll generate an image for you.

🕯️ Hanukkah Decor: Ring in traditions and brighten up your space this Hanukkah season with this simple, elegant, silver plated 9″ Menorah (on the smaller size).


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