Andy’s Good Vibrations


In the past week, I’ve heard every Beach Boys song under the sun. On repeat. Andy is feeling very excited about summer’s arrival and his enthusiasm is infectious. As a result, our office stereo has been working overtime.

Andy’s summertime energy is spilling over into other places, too. The break room fridge is full of coconut water, new office plants are popping up everywhere and Andy’s desk looks like the inside of a piñata.

I stop by on my morning walk through the office.

Andy,” I smile at him over a sea of blue binders and yellow tulips, “it’s looking very seasonal over here.

He smiles back. “I’ve never been so excited for warm weather!

After the winter we had…” I respond.

“Exactly! I thought some colour and music would really lift our spirits. You know, remind us what it’s like to see blue skies and sunshine.”

I think it’s working,” I say, gesturing around us. The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds is playing and, though it’s first thing on a Monday, spirits are high. “What made you think to do all of this?

It was a study I read online about boosting office health. It talked about plants, music and healing colours. You know — blue is energizing, green is calming, yellow boosts creativity — that sort of thing.

I nod, scanning his desk. “This is why we love you, Andy!

Andy blushes and gives a shrug. “We spend 40 hours a week here, Rona. I think we should love where we work.

My heart feels full. I completely agree. “Well said. Thanks for reminding us all of that.

We share a smile and I continue on to my office. Maybe it’s the warmer weather or the cheerful music, but I feel especially lucky today. Who says an office can’t feel like home?

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