Are you happy at work? If you answered “no,” you are not alone. A survey conducted by the Conference Board revealed that “only 45% of workers are happy at their jobs.” Given how much time we spend at work, I think it’s worth taking the time to consider how we can increase our happiness.
- Pay Attention to Your Thoughts: We can make ourselves happy or unhappy just by the thoughts we think. When you get up in the morning what are you telling yourself about your day, your job or your family? Become more aware of the self-talk going on inside your head and shift the focus to things you can be grateful for, or try to see things from another perspective. When you do this, you will be adding happiness to your life instead of subtracting from it.
- Take 5 everyday: Each day take five minutes to lessen your stress by going for a short walk, reading a chapter from an inspirational book, listening to an uplifting song, talking to a positive person, finding a way to laugh. By taking time for yourself you are better able to maintain your joy and give to others.
- Spread kindness: Be on the lookout for people doing things right at work, and say “thank you!” Also ask how you can help others at work. Showing appreciation and lending a hand to your coworkers can strengthen your relationship and also improve how others see you.
- Make Your Space More Awesome: Gretchen Rubin, the author of the Happiness Project, encourages us to think about “how we could make our work space more pleasant.” Invest in a cool lamp or buy some motivational signs to hang up, etc. Create a space that inspires you to do your best at work.
- Use Your Superpowers: Perform actions each day that make you feel energized and optimistic. Everyone has superpowers which are the activities where passion, results, and focus come together. Leverage your strengths as much as possible and watch your happiness soar as well.
Happiness is different for everyone, so your responsibility is to find out what makes you happy and then begin to incorporate more of those activities each day at work. When you do, you will realize that you can work happy now!
As an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Trainer with The Village Business Institute, Dawn Kaiser lives her passion–to energize, encourage and equip others to live their strongest lives now. She is a motivational speaker, writer, teacher, and positive-thinker extraordinaire. She draws on more than 12 years of experience in the Human Resource/Organizational Development field, a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of MN Duluth and a Masters of Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is also a certified HR Professional and a life-long learner.
Dawn is available to speak nationwide. For more info, visit Dawn’s website.