How to Be Happy At Work

Published Friday, March 09, 2012 3:36 AM

Want the secret to being happy at work? Silly question right? When you consider how much of our day is spent at our desks, it's clear that if we aren't happy at work, we're discontent the bulk of our time.

Time to crack the happy code.

Choose Happiness

The secret to being happy at work (and in life) is simple: choose happiness says author and journalist Geoffrey James in his Inc. com article How to Be Happy at Work.  Could it truly be that easy you may be wondering? James seems to think so and makes a compelling case that happiness (and unhappiness) stem entirely from how individuals evaluate events. James argues that while certain circumstances may be out of our control, how we react to events is firmly within our grasp. So read on here for three steps to cultivate happiness.

Cultivate Happiness

Happiness must be nurtured says Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage.  Individuals can cultivate happiness for themselves by adopting positive habits such as journaling, meditating and exercising and practicing them over a period of time. Next, pay it forward by investing in those around you. By developing strong social support networks and investing in their happiness (i.e. thank people for work, nurture their professional development) you multiply your own happiness. Turns out the more you give to others, they more you get yourself in terms of personal satisfaction and productivity.

Practice Happiness

Did you know that the U.S. didn't make a recent Gallup poll list of the 10 happiest countries? Short of moving to Denmark, is there a way of ramping up one's happiness quotient?  According to this Harvard Business Review blog post, greater happiness can be achieved by practice. Brain scientist Jeffrey M. Stibel says simple steps such as smiling more and taking a regularly scheduled break during the work day can actually retrain the brain to be happier.

Do you think it's possible to be happy at work? How do you work to shore up your happiness quotient at work? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.


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