How to be Happy at Work: Part 1

 

JCO_8828 - Version 2Did you know that out of approximately 180 million employees surveyed worldwide, only 13% are happy at work? That means 87% are unhappy at work. You and only you are in charge of your happiness. This holds true for every aspect of your life—work being one of those important aspects. Work is where you spend the majority of your day, well at least it’s where you spend the majority of your day while awake. There are some lucky people in this world who are doing exactly what they want to do for a living; they are working their dream job, in their dream setting, in their dream city, working with a dream team. I’m one of them, and I’m about help you become one of them! Before I hit you with my brilliant list I have something extremely important for you to keep in mind. I want you to keep this in mind while you continue to read my blog and for every minute of every day for the rest of your life: Attitude is everything.

Smile. Seems simple enough right? Smiling tells your brain to be more happy thanks to the release of a little scientific something called neuropeptides. Also, smiling is contagious and will make your coworkers smile too. So just do it even if you don’t feel like. It works, people.

Say Thank You. If your mama raised you right, I don’t need to go into a whole lot of explanation here. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Be nice and polite and in return people should be nice and polite to you. Gratitude goes a long way.

Find your Sense of Meaning. It doesn’t matter what your title is at work. Whether you’re a doctor or a waitress, a therapist or a janitor your work matters. Find the meaning for you in your work. Having a sense of meaning can contribute to happiness in the workplace. Figure out what yours is and perfect it.bigstock-Patient-at-the-physiotherapy-d-65389117b

Find a Work BFF. People who have friends at work perceive their job as more fun, worthwhile, and satisfying. Besides, having friends at work can create a support system and a sense of loyalty. Pick the human that you like best and make it a point to spend some good quality time together-both inside and outside of the office. You’ll find yourself more engaged at work. You’ll also find yourself a little happier having a friend around. After all, you’re likely spending more hours of your day with coworkers than any other humans. Don’t you want to enjoy having them around?

Be Healthy. To be happy throughout the day you need to be fueled properly. Don’t skip breakfast. Hungry people get cranky. Stay hydrated. Having a balanced diet and avoiding dehydration will increase your energy levels and mood.

Give these first 5 steps a shot. Really focus on them for 30 days. Tune in next month for more advice in the second part of the How to Be Happier at Work series. In the meantime-work hard and be happy. Remember the only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.

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