AUTHOR: ROSSANA S MOHAMMED
Gallup poll shows, nearly 90% of the world’s workers view
work as a source of frustration more than one of fulfillment. Most of us are not connected to our workplaces, and are less productive. But we all work mostly so we could pay our bills, and we spend about 40 hours or more a week at our jobs. According to a research by Oregon State University, working past age 65 may extend your life, whereas retiring early could mean an earlier death. So, since working may keep us alive for a longer time, here are three tips to being happy at work.
1. Have a positive attitude at work.
“Making the choice to have a positive attitude everyday is the cure of all cures #ifyourhappyandyouknowclapyourhands #humblebragish,”
Katy Perry once tweeted. Perry, is an American singer and songwriter, and her estimated net worth as of 2016 is $125 million. Perry knows about positive attitude, just look at her bank account.
Keep smiling to stay positive.
Smile at your co-workers, your customers and even when you are alone. Smiling puts you in a more positive mood, and the people around you will see you as a friendly person, and they will want to be around you. For a positive attitude is contagious. Smiling releases endorphins and serotonin, known as the feel good hormones. So even if you are having a difficult day, keep smiling. You don’t have to be fake, but you will feel better.
Being Positive helps you to Seek Solutions.
Employees who have a positive attitude are more motivated to overcome obstacles thay they may face during their work day. They look for ways to fix the problems, and try to resolve them. Whereas negative employees will only see the challenges and lament about them, but they will never offer any solutions. Also remind yourself the good your company does for its’ customers, or society. Then pat yourself on the back for your contribution to this great organization.
2. Have an attitude of gratitude
Many research shows that people who have an attitude of gratitude are more energetic, happier and more resilient. Robert Emmons, PhD, professor of psychology, University of California, Davis, and Michael E. McCullough, PhD, professor of psychology, University of Miami found gratitude improves not only our health and happiness; but also improves our personal and social lives. Oprah, the queen of TV and gratitude said.
I know for sure that appreciating whatever shows up for you in life changes your personal vibration. You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you’re aware of all you have and not focusing on your have-nots.
More than sixteen years ago, Oprah started a gratitude journal and, every day, wrote down five things she was grateful for. From fresh flowers to the kindness of a stranger, Oprah says if you focus on what you have, you will have more, but if you focus on what you don’t have, you will never have enough. So, get a journal, whether it is simple notebook or a fancy notebook or a journal online, and everyday, write down five things that you are grateful for.
Oprah Winfrey, talk show host, actress, producer, and philantropist, and as of 2014, Winfrey has a net worth in excess of 2.9 billion dollars. One of the world’s richest woman takes time out to be grateful, what about you?
Gratitude increases our self-esteem and reduces our insecurity and helps us to be more productive at work. We are more focused at work, and are not distracted by worries or use our energy to dispense negative emotions. Gratitude makes us more effective and better at decision making. Expressing thanks to our co-workers also creates empathy and trust in our workplace, and builds a sense of purpose and team work.
3. Have a sense of humor
When things are really bad, they only thing you can do is to-
Jim Carrey, is a Canadian actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer.
His net worth in 2014: $150 million
Employees who use humor at work are happier and less stressed, have better coping mechanism and are more productive. Use humor to diffuse a tense situation or to make light of it, and to see the world from a different perspective. So, keep telling those funny jokes or sharing those hilarious youtube videos, as it not only boost morale, but also makes us more likable.
Laughter releases endorphins which makes us feel happy and reduces stress and anxiety; it helps the lungs, heart and brain. This boost our immune system and helps to fight off illnesses, and so we stay home less from work. Off-color jokes or stereotypical jokes or self-deprecating jokes should never be used and will not be tolerated, so stay away from those. Humor when used appropriately and with moderation can make our workplace a fun environment.
Let us know in our comments section, how you are staying happy at work.