How To Love Your Job: 6 Tips For Becoming Happier At Work
Being happy at work and loving your job makes life a whole lot easier.
Recognize that your happiness is your responsibility, and focus on the positives in your job. Organizational psychologist Ben Palmer says happy people take time for things that increase their feel-good factor. So build at least one activity you love into every workday, whether it's using your lunch break to meet a friend, get out for a walk or read your book.
Open Up With Your Boss
This relationship is key to happiness at work, so take the lead if necessary. Be sure you understand what's expected of you and ask for regular feedback. Make your personal boundaries clear and let your boss know what makes you tick. Maybe you can even negotiate taking on more of the work you like most and losing some of the tasks you enjoy least.
Say "No" To Negativity
Whether it's whining about your workload or grumbling about your boss, negativity drags everyone down. If your workmates want to wallow, leave them to it and hook up with more positive thinkers. Research published in the British Medical Journal has shown that happiness is contagious-hanging out with the happy gang lifts your mood, making work time fly.
You spend a lot of time with your colleagues, so invest in these crucial relationships. Do a good deed if you can. Develop a strong network that gives you moral and practical support. And never underestimate the power of laughter-a shared joke can relieve tension, stimulate creativity and enhance your feelings of connection with your co-workers. It's good for you, and great for business.
When something on your to-do list has been really bothering you, commit to tackling it. If it's a big job, keep chipping away at it 15 minutes at a time, and you'll get it done sooner than you think. Ever heard the old joke about the best way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time!
Up the Energy Factor
Moving around boosts your mood and your metabolism, while fresh air and sunlight give you a natural high. If you can't get outside, take a moment to physically go and see a workmate to deliver an update or ask for an opinion. Energy is infectious-if you have it in abundance, you'll soon find your colleagues are feeling the buzz, too.