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How to be happy at work

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Have you read my book review of Happy Hour is 9-5 by Alexander Kjerulf I remember when I first saw the title, I was curious! Most people whine about their work so . . . 9 – 5 being referred to as happy hour sounded sweet to me. I enjoy what I do and identify with that. I love Mondays as much as any other day of the week!

Isn’t it time we stopped tolerating unhappy workplaces and lousy bosses? Unhappiness at work is a big deal! It is not normal to put up with it! Not only does it tire us out, stress us—but makes us negative. We fall sick.

On the other hand, when we’re happy at work we are more motivated, energetic, productive and creative. We enjoy success. We deserve it, right?

You can be happy at work!

How?

Check this book out! (affiliate link)


In his “Happy at work Manifesto”, Alexander Kjerulf says if you hate your job, commit to quit!

Quitting does not mean you are a failure. Some of the most successful people had the guts to walk away from things that made them unhappy!

It is time you took responsibility for the way you want to feel! The choice is yours to stay miserable or do something about it! Nobody said quitting was the easy way out. It takes courage to quit. And don’t believe that quitting is selfish! Sometimes it is the best thing you can do for yourself.

Now, make the commitment to be happy at work.

25 ways to commit to be happy at work

25 ways to be happy at work

1. I choose to be happy at work.

I refuse to work at any job that does not make me happy.  It’s that simple. I want to wake up in the morning and look forward to work. I want to speak proudly to others of the work I do and the people I work with. I will look forward equally to Monday morning and Friday afternoon. Making that choice won’t magically make me happy—but it is a great place to start.

2. I can be happy at work.

Actually, anyone can. Provided they choose to be.

3. My happiness at work is my responsibility.

Maybe my boss, my co-workers, my employees and my workplace all affect my happiness at work. But the ultimate responsibility for it is mine and mine alone.

4. Knowing what makes me happy or unhappy at work is my responsibility.

Knowing what makes me happy at work is the first step to getting it. And if I don’t know—who will?

5. Letting others know what makes me happy or unhappy at work is my responsibility.

It’s not up to my boss, my co-workers, my employees or my workplace to read my mind and find out what it takes to make me happy at work. It’s up to me to tell them.

6. Something will happen when I do something.

As long as I sit on my butt and wait for my boss, my co-workers, my employees or my workplace to do something to make me happy, nothing will happen. It’s up to me.

7. I know that my happiness at work affects my happiness outside of work.

A bad day at work is hard to shake when I get home. But a great day at work gives me energy for a great afternoon and evening at home. A great work week is the best springboard for a great weekend.

8. I know that happiness at work affects my health.

Being unhappy or stressed at work can make me sick, depressed and even kill me. Conversely, being happy at work makes me healthier and stronger mentally and physically.

9. I may end up spending most of my waking hours at work. I want to make those hours count.

I may be spending more time at work than I will on my family, my friends and my hobbies combined. I want those hours to be fun and pleasant. And I want them to contribute to something meaningful.

10. It’s ok to have a bad day at work.

I can’t be happy at work all day, every day. It’s always OK to have a bad day at work. A bad week, month or year is not OK.

11. I do my best work when I’m happy.

When I’m happy I’m engaged, motivated, committed, more creative, less risk-averse, more service-minded and more productive.

12. There’s no such thing as too much happiness.

No matter how happy I am, a little more never hurts.

13. I recognize that happiness at work also comes from the time i don’t spend at work.

Holidays, weekends, days and other time away from work give me time to reflect and relax. It gives me new input and ideas. A life spent almost exclusively at work is LESS likely to make me happy.

14. I recognize that happiness at work is different for everyone.

One person’s dream job is another’s living hell. The things that make me happy at work may be a terrible experience for many other people.

15. Happiness at work is something I create now.

Not next month, not next quarter, not next year. I’m happy now…or never.

16. I recognize that happiness at work doesn’t come from the absence of bad things in the workplace.

All workplaces can have unpleasant people, too much work, demanding customers, stress, and other annoyances. Though we strive to minimize these, I won’t wait to be happy at work until all of these have been eliminated. If I did wait, I would never be happy.

17. Happiness at work is infectious— I will be a carrier.

Happy people make others happy. That’s how I want to affect others. Unhappiness at work is also contagious—but it’s no fun to pass on that particular virus.

18. The best way to make myself happy at work is by making others happy at work.

It makes no sense to only try and make myself happy. Because happiness is contagious, I would quickly lose my happiness if I were the only happy one.

19. I will take time to do this.

Making myself and others happy at work takes time. This is time well spent. Because being happy makes me more productive. I (happily) take that time.

20. I will fix my job or quit.

If there’s no way I can become happy in my current job, I’ll quit. Yes, this is scary. But what about going to work every day feeling demotivated, cynical, stressed and helpless? Is that really any less scary?

21. Happiness at work ain’t rocket science.

The things that are necessary to make me happy at work are really simple and can easily be brought into almost any workplace. Recognition. A positive attitude. Learning and growing. Sharing decisions. Openness.

22. I give first.

If I feel that others never appreciate me, I will start by appreciating them. If others never listen, I will listen to them. I will set a good example, and give first.

23.  I recognize that a higher salary will not make me happy at work.

There’s nothing wrong with getting paid a lot of money. I just don’t expect it to be the sole reason to make me happy at work.

24. I recognize that power, status symbols, a corner office or even access to the corporate jet won’t make me happy at work.

It feels good at first, sure, but the thrill quickly fades and it can never make up for a bad job.

25.  Happiness at work comes from the things you and I do here and now.

I will get others involved and I will start now.

I am committed to being happy at work.

What about you?

5 Comments

  • Reply
    Kalpana Solsi
    April 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Fully agree with points no 7 and 8.

  • Reply
    Shilpa Gupte
    April 10, 2019 at 12:07 am

    What a lovely post!
    Happiness is just what I feel about my work today. I look forward to sitting down to write, and that’s what keeps me charged up 🙂
    Shilpa Gupte recently posted…H – H.E.A.L.T.H. Matters #AtoZChallenge

  • Reply
    Rachna Parmar
    April 10, 2019 at 9:18 am

    I have to be happy at my work to perform well. Also work is such an important part of one’s life. It would be a bummer if one is stuck in a job long term which does not give joy. I believe that there is always a choice. Look for a new job or better what you can at your current job. Good pointers here, Vidya. I feel very blessed that I do work that energises me and brings me immense joy.
    Rachna Parmar recently posted…How to Make Homemade Ghee or Clarified Butter (Step-by-step Method + Video)

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    Kislaya
    April 10, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Vidya ji,
    Yet another useful post. Unhappiness at work is a big deal. I have faced Monday blues and have always waited for the weekend to start at the beginning of the week itself. You are right – Quitting takes lots and lots of guts. Thanks for giving us the mantra to stay happy!
    Point 12 is true in all walks of life!
    Point 23 – I have faced this. When I switched from my first Job to the next, I had 3 offers and I chose the one with the highest pay. But after 3 months or so, the effect of salary faded.

    Read my H post here – https://evergreenleaf.blogspot.com/2019/04/h-hesitation-atozchallenge-2019.html
    Kislaya recently posted…(H) HESITATION (AtoZChallenge 2019)

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    Ronel Janse van Vuuren
    May 1, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    I am quite happy at work — even if my boss is a little crazy at times. Wait, did I just call myself crazy? LOL.

    Ronel visiting with the A-Z Challenge music and writing: Home-Grown

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