Get Happy, Get More Done
Do you avoid happiness at work because it might be perceived as not working hard enough or that are you are lacking motivation? Do you assume that people who seem light-hearted and relaxed have no edge.
In Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work, Dr. Richard Carlson says that this is a common misconception in many organizations. He reminds us that happy people are the ones who love what they do. They are highly motivated by their own enthusiasm and continually look for ways to better themselves and their performance. Happy employees are more creative and collaborative. They are great team players.
No matter what position you hold, it is in your best interest, the best interest of your team, and the best interest of your organization to “Dare to be Happy” at work.
Make Yourself Happier at Work
You can take charge of the way you think to increase your job satisfaction and have a positive influence on your colleagues. Here’s how.
- Get organized. It’s easier to feel relaxed if your surroundings are in good order. Clear away clutter. Keep supplies and files you use frequently in a spot where you can access them easily.
- Engage more fully. You may find your work more interesting if you devote your full attention to it. Look for ways to streamline routine tasks. Listen actively to presentations, take notes and ask follow up questions.
Help Your Colleagues Feel Happier At Work
If you can influence others to improve their mood at work, teams will be more collaborative and projects will be more successful. Here is how you can help your peers feel happier.
- Regard others with tolerance and respect. It’s easier to have cordial relations with your coworkers if you decide to like them as people. Think about your feelings for your family and friends and try to extend those positive emotions to everyone you interact with. Find something you like about each coworker and focus on that quality when you engage them.
The way you think about your work can lift your spirits and make you a better coworker. About one-third of your lifetime will be spent at work, so give yourself an edge and have more fun. (Bring your Joy to Work). Use these tips to be happy and to make your workplace much more enjoyable.
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