Three Ways to Be Happier at Work

Feeling stuck and unhappy? You don't need to find a new job to be happier at work - we promise!
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Three Ways to Be Happier at Work

Feeling stuck and unhappy? You don’t need to find a new job to be happier at work — we promise!

-Matthew D. Della Porta , Ph.D.,

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If you feel unhappy at work, you are not alone; work-related stress is one of the most common problems reported by working individuals.

Some have demanding clients and constant, short deadlines. Others have bosses who are incompetent, unsympathetic or who expect subordinates to ignore or cover up unethical practices. Still, others simply don’t enjoy the work that they do, finding it boring, unfulfilling or meaningless.

If anything I just described sounds familiar, don’t assume that you need a new job to feel happier at work. Indeed, making an effort to improve your happiness, regardless of where you are employed, can yield beneficial workplace outcomes that once seemed out of reach.

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In fact, research suggests that, compared to those who are unhappy, happy people are better leaders, more productive, better at coping with stress, less likely to get sick and have higher salaries1. Although your job might be unbearable right now, trying some of the simple strategies below can transform your daily experience and give you a fresh start at work.

1. Write down 3 things that went well.

It might be difficult to imagine them, but focus on three good things that happened at work. Think carefully about your co-workers, where you work, the kind of work that you do or any other important details that remind you of the positive things about your job.

One study done at an international technology company found that employees who recalled three positive, work-related events once a week for six weeks were happier, more motivated, more productive and more diligent, compared to employees who did not do this activity2. Try this at the end of your workday or when you get home. If you need some inspiration, look no further than some of America’s worst jobs, and you might have a newfound appreciation for what you do!

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