This is part three of a multi-part series on "The Science of Well-Being" by Jessica Manner. Each article spotlights a different quality of the human well-being, as taught by Yale University professor Laurie Santos. Manner applies each quality to today's complicated climate and gives her perspective on working-from-home while maintaining a positive mindset.
While I personally enjoy exercising, it is the most universally despised suggestion in the course. I am very fortunate to have a home gym (something for which I am grateful), but many people are having trouble maintaining fitness routines with gyms shuttered. The need for those endorphins is arguably greater than ever, so try and get moving as much as you can. Take your dog for a walk, deadlift your home-from-school children, or practice boxing by hitting your monitor everytime it chugs due to overloaded wifi! Almost anything that can get you away from the couch for a little bit is a positive step in this direction.
The lack of a commute for those working from home is turning into extra sleep in time in the mornings, which is better for us anyway. Getting enough sleep makes us happier and gives us better focus, but is generally not prioritized in our 24-hour routines. Maintaining a normal sleeping pattern is still important, but Professor Santos doesn't raise any qualms if you'd like to make room for a 2 p.m. siesta (under the guise of improving happiness, of course).