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How to be Happier and Find Joy at Work

JOY at work


Finding ‘JOY’ at work might be a bit of a stretch for some .. you may as well aim high though right? I have been in those jobs where you literally watch the clock every afternoon, they pretty much suck the life out of you to be brutally honest. On the other hand they are usually also the exact thing that is keeping the life in you, by providing your basic needs of a home, food and other essentials.

I know that it is excruciating at times to ache for something more. It is a bit of a strange feeling to sit in that space between desperately wanting to take a leap from something that is not lighting you up, and the exciting yet uncertain pursuit of your dreams.

It is not always about that pursuit though, for some it is simply about being happier at work now. I have peeked into the stats around workplace satisfaction and it is such a depressing reality that many, many people simply do not like their jobs. Frustration aside, I care deeply about the underlying reasons for so much apathy and for so many wasted hours, days, months years of peoples precious lives.

What is going so wrong that the majority of people are unhappy at work? Perhaps we will delve deeper into that bottomless pit of possible reasons another time! I think that the most helpful approach in this space is for me to share some of the simple ways that I suggest may help if you want to be happier at work:

♡ Make a list of the positives and focus on being grateful for these things, rather than always allowing yourself to be consumed by the negatives. It is not always possible to take the giant leap out of a job and into a passion .. gratitude will turn what you do have into enough, and it may even turn things around from being unbearable to a little happier.

♡ Decorate your workspace .. make sure that you are surrounded (as little or as much as possible) with the colours and things that you love and that fuel your creativity and your spark. If you only have a small space or a hot desk, even some photos in a frame can make a difference.

♡ Look up, smile and connect with others in your workplace. It will change things for you if you can create and nurture some positive relationships, having a friendly face and some meaningful conversation will give you something to look forward to each morning.

♡ Volunteer for any opportunities that come up in your workplace. Is there a charity that your business supports, or is there a workplace volunteer program that you can join? Perhaps your workplace is lacking in this area and you could make some suggestions and develop a charity centred activity that will get you all fired up for work again!

♡ Immerse yourself in your work, go above and beyond, be more kind and more committed than you feel, always! I know this is a regular (nagging!) theme of mine, and I will continue to carry on about this! The reason being that I know it works, it turned my life around, and it continues to be my constant remedy for al l things!

How do you feel about your work? Do you have any other tips for being happier at work?

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  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

    Great tips, as always! This is so timely, I quit my job on Friday (woot!) I used to love my job so much but fell out of love with it when the company got taken over. I tried to make the best of a bad job (excuse the pun) by doing things such as displaying a daily motivational quote and regularly baking cakes for my colleague’s birthdays, because after all a birthday without cake is just a meeting! However, you can only do what you can do but you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. If something is really not making you happy, despite your best efforts, maybe it ‘s time for a change.

  • erinmadethis

    Great tips Lisa. I am lucky in that I really do find so much joy at work. There are plenty of parts of being a teacher that aren’t so joyful, but I definitely try not to focus on these.

    The way I see it, I am there to look after the well being of the students. And in all honesty, this is the easiest part. The tough stuff is working with the adults!


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