Happiness and work don’t always go well together. Whether you are usually having a blast or if you are sometimes frustrated – there are some easy ways to enhance your happiness at work, improve your work-life balance and become happier!
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- Remember that YOU are in charge of your own happiness
That’s right: you own your life, your career… and your happiness. It is up to you and no one else to be or become happy at work. Everyone has lows, but only individuals can battle to turn them into highs, make the lows more acceptable, or change the situation (your job) if it can’t be improved. You have a responsibility to yourself to choose how you want to deal with any given situation, even if it means going through a difficult time. You are powerful and free to use your power how and when you want to.
- Don’t obsess over things you can’t control
Be prepared and keep yourself informed, but don’t worry about things that you cannot control. It’ll just make you worried and tired of drama that you can’t do much about it, if anything at all. Choose your battles wisely to conserve your energy to use for more critical issues – which YOU can play a major part in. Have you heard about the concept of the Circle of Influence? It’s about taking positive action about the things you can control and it’s been detailed in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It involves being proactive, beginning with the end in mind and putting the most important things first’…
- Treat yourself
Superwoman does NOT exist – even you cannot be perfect all the time. Do as much as you can, but don’t forget to treat yourself with some rewards so you can continue to deal with all the demands in your life. Stuck for ideas? Think about a massage at a spa, a comedy with your BFF, girls-night out, shopping???
- Exercise during the week
Don’t just count on the weekends to take care of your body. Monday to Friday matter too. When you exercise, you release GABA, a soothing neurotransmitter that also limits impulsiveness. Bristol University showed that those who exercised on workdays improved their time management, mood and performance. The question now is ‘where is your sports gear’?
- Stay true to yourself
Don’t force yourself to be someone you’re not. Acting out of character will make you ill and your performance won’t be at its best because in your mind, you will have stopped yourself from giving your best. The solution? Act in line with yourself to be on top of your game. Most importantly, listen to your gut feeling because it is always right!
- Give someone a hand
Making others happy can be a way to become happy, as it gives a “reason” to be and a feeling of self-satisfaction. Whether it’s spending the time showing a colleague where to find a file, some information, or how to operate a fiendishly difficult gizmo, helping others release hormones that create good feelings. Harvard showed that employees who helped others are more likely to be focused at work, be happy during high times of stress and 40% more likely to get a promotion. Never over commit yourself, but help out when you can as it has a positive influence on your happiness. It’s much more fun to collaborate or share than just compete or remain on your own…
- Smile and laugh even more
Laughing is highly contagious. Some people are even addicted to the laughter theory.
Laugh at yourself and it’ll remove pressure you put on yourself and you will become less a target of criticism. It is fun, and you will become everyone’s little ray of sunshine!
- Stay away from negative people
Some people find problems in every solution, or endlessly discuss issues. Run as far as you can away from them and focus on the multitude of possible solutions. There is a fine line between being sympathetic and getting sucked into other’s negative emotional spirals. A great way to set limits is to ask these people how they intend to fix the issue. Either the complaining will eventually fade away – or you can redirect the discussion in a more productive direction. At the end of the day, you will be subjected less to other people’s stormy moods and any challenges you have will be well on the way to becoming resolved.
- Cultivate an attitude of gratitude
It can be done every day, not just on special occasions. “Something as simple as writing down three things you’re grateful for every day for 21 days significantly increases your level of optimism which can then remain at the same level for the next six months” says Harvard’s Shawn Achor. You can also get the App (http://getgratitude.co), or have a look at the complaint free world website which highlights a “21 days without complaining campaign” (www.acomplaintfreeworld.org ) that can help you with your thought processes.
- Believe the best is yet to come
Don’t only say the best is yet to come: believe it! Being in a positive mind-set improves performance and increases your sense of self effectiveness. Don’t lose faith in the future: you can outdo what you’ve already done. You will experience everything in a better way because it’ll be enriched by your past experiences. So take the time to enjoy what you are yet to accomplish and create!
In the ideal world everyone gets the job he or she loves. But even when this is the case for you, some days can be hard and long to get through. We create our future every moment, so the key is to fully live each moment, whether they are struggling moments or winning ones. Regardless of your situation, there is always a bright side to everything, every activity and every job. Hopefully you will find a way to appreciate every moment at work and everywhere else.
- Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Dr. Travis Bradberry
- The 7 habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_7_Habits_of_Highly_Effective_People)
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Article written by WPNG member Anne Barry, Marketing and Communications Manager in Lyon. Connect with me on LinkedIn at fr.linkedin.com/in/barryanne/en