Most of us spend a lot of hours at work every week. And I’m thinking that for most of us the word ‘Happiness’ and work don’t often go hand in hand. A 2013 Gallup study of 180 million people found that just 13% of us consider ourselves to be “happily engaged at work.” But with all the hours we spend at work it seems to me something has got to change.
According to TalentSmart (a provider of emotional intelligence tests & training), when it comes to making yourself happy you need to learn what works for you. Having tested the EQ’s – or emotional intelligence – of more than a million people, the folks at TalentSmart wrote an article on LinkedIn about the 16 ways that emotionally intelligent people create their own happiness at work. So let’s set aside the chuckles and check out their list.
- You Are In Charge of Your Own Happiness
When you’re unhappy, ultimately it’s up to you to change it. You have two choices – find another job or make the most of the one you have.
- Don’t Obsess over Things You Can’t Control
Happy people are ready and informed but they don’t stress about things beyond their control.
- Don’t Compare Yourself to Other People
When you feel good about something that you’ve done, don’t allow anyone’s opinions or accomplishments take that away from you. Don’t compare yourself to others.
- Reward Yourself
A Cornell study found that small rewards make people more productive and accurate in their work. Doing small things like taking a walk or eating a snack can serve as rewards for your brain.
- Exercise During the Work Week
Getting your body moving for as little as 10 minutes releases GABA, a soothing neurotransmitter that also limits impulsivity. People who exercise on workdays reported improvements in time management, mood, and performance.
- Don’t Judge and Gossip
When you’re tempted to speak of someone else in a way that might be negative, just ask yourself if you’d want someone saying the same about you.
- Choose Your Battles Wisely
Consider your emotions then choose your battles wisely and only stand your ground when the time is right.
- Stay True to Yourself
Don’t cross moral boundaries in the name of success. Know when to stand your ground and express dissent when someone wants you to do something that you know you shouldn’t.
- Clear the Clutter
Create a workspace that’s soothing and uplifting & get rid of the junk and clutter that hold no significance and do nothing positive for you.
- Give Someone A Hand
Taking the time to help your colleagues not only makes them happy, but it also makes you happy. People who consistently provide social support are the most likely to be happy during times of stress.
- Let Your Strengths Flow
Organize your tasks so that you have immediate and clear goals to pursue that play to your strengths.
- Smile and Laugh More
A study demonstrated that we can actually manipulate our emotions by changing our facial expressions. If you find yourself in a negative spiral at work, slow down and smile or watch a funny video on YouTube. This mood boost can turn your day around.
- Stay Away From Negative People
Complainers and negative people are bad news because they wallow in their problems and fail to focus on solutions. Don’t get sucked into their negative emotional spirals. A great way to set limits is to ask them how they intend to fix their problems. The complainer will then either quiet down or redirect the conversation in a productive direction.
- Laugh at Yourself
When you take yourself too seriously at work your happiness and performance suffer. Balance your self-confidence with a good sense of humor and humility.
- Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude
Sometimes the best way to pull your mind away from negativity is to step back and contemplate what you’re grateful for. People who work daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experience improved mood, energy, and physical wellbeing.
- Believe the Best Is Yet to Come
Having a positive, optimistic outlook on the future doesn’t just make you happier; it also improves your performance by increasing your sense of self-efficacy. Believe in the great things the future has in store.
It seems to me that applying these strategies won’t just improve your happiness at work but could make for a happier life in many ways. No chuckles here – just gratitude for the information!
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