Five tips for improving your happiness at work
Updated: May 23, 2022
For many of us, the feeling of unhappiness with our job is more than enough to make us want to crawl back under the covers and hide from the world every morning (especially Monday mornings!).
But what if there was a way to improve your happiness at work? What if there was a way to be like the (roughly) 30% of employees out there who are actually happy with their jobs? It might seem like a tall order, but there are a few simple changes you can make that can significantly improve your job satisfaction.
1. Focus on the positive.
With deadlines to meet and clients to please, it's easy to get caught up in the negative aspects of the job. However, research has shown that focusing on the positive can actually improve happiness at work. For example, one study found that employees who took time to reflect on their accomplishments were more satisfied with their jobs than those who didn't.
Additionally, employees who focused on the positive aspects of their work were more likely to receive recognition from their superiors. Of course it's impossible to eliminate all stress from the workplace, but taking a moment to appreciate the good can help improve your happiness and satisfaction.
2. Build positive relationships with your co-workers.
Often, we spend more time with our co-workers than our own families, which means our relationships with them have a significant impact on our overall happiness. If we get along, we’re more likely to enjoy our job. If we have tense or negative relationships, it can make going to work a real drag.
Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to build positive relationships with your co-workers. Take time to get to know them better. Learn about their interests, their families and their backgrounds. Help out with projects and be willing to pitch in when needed. Show your appreciation with a kind word or simple gesture.
3. Look for ways to make changes.
If the unhappiness with your job comes from feeling stagnant and ready for change, it may be time to have a talk with your boss about your goals. See if there are any opportunities for you to move up within the company. If not, look into transferring to a different department or even finding a new job altogether.
Making a change can be scary, but it may be just what you need to find happiness in your work life. Who knows, you might even discover that you have a hidden talent for something completely new.
4. Take care of yourself mentally and physically.
We all know the saying, "You can't pour from an empty cup." And yet, many of us try to do just that every day. We give and give until we have nothing left, and then we wonder why we're unhappy.
The answer is simple: you can't be happy at work if you're not taking care of yourself. That means making time for things like exercise, getting enough sleep, and eating right. It might seem like there's no time for those things, but if you don't make the time, you'll eventually burnout. And that’s far worse.
5. Work doesn't have to be all serious business, so have fun!
One of the best ways to enjoy your work life is to approach it with a sense of humor. If you can find the funny side of even the most challenging tasks, you'll be much more likely to stay positive and productive. And when you're able to have a good laugh at work, it can help to relieve stress and build bonds with your colleagues.
Of course, not every moment of every day at work will be fun and games. But there's nothing wrong with taking a few moments here and there to enjoy yourself. It might just make your workday that much more bearable.
Try implementing these tips and see how they impact your happiness at work. If you find that you're still struggling with satisfaction in your current position, don't be afraid to reach out for help. There are many resources available to assist you in finding a job that's a better fit for you; one that leads to the happiness you deserve in your career.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rob Stalder is driven by the one thing he values most in life: joy. The joy in feeling like a kid again, the joy in fulfilling a sense of adventure, the joy in making a difference in peoples’ lives and the joy in helping others become the best versions of themselves. He uses the skills and expertise he's garnered throughout his career to bring joy to life—both for himself and for others.