Leave Problems At The Office With The ‘Walk In The Door’ Rule

Leave Problems At The Office With The ‘Walk In The Door’ Rule

After a rough day, we tend to come home and complain about all our troubles at the office. Change that habit by instead describing one great thing that happened at work today.

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My mum used to ask me what I learned today at school to help give me a positive outlook. This rule applies in a similar context to those of us with slightly more complex lives than grade-schoolers. A thread on Quora asked for tips on happiness and Brad Einarsen suggested:

When I arrive home from work, the very first thing I tell my wife is the best thing that happened that day.

No exceptions. No complaining. Just the best thing that day, even if it was just a good cup of coffee. This had the effect of starting our evening off on a positive note and it changed our relationship.

Of course, you don’t have to tell your wife. You can tell your husband, significant other or your roommate. You can even just post it on social media if you live alone. The goal is to leave more troubles at the office and enjoy your time at home. It’s easy to gripe the crappy stuff in your work day. It’s harder to find those positive moments.

What are the simplest things one can do to make oneself happier? [Quora via Inc.com]


  • The closest I get to home the happier I get anyway; so once I’m home, I’m so happy that I can’t remember what happened during work.

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