The average person spends the majority of their life working, followed by sleeping and eating, which is then finally followed by having time to do whatever else you want. With that being said, finding happiness at work is a must. If you aren’t happy at work, it can easily trickle down into your home life and your relationships with others outside the workplace.
With that being said, finding happiness at work can seem like the biggest challenge of your day, but it is all about the mental attitude that someone has, and the ability to endure the mental attitude of others. Let’s face it, no matter what you do make the workplace “happier,” you will always find a Debbie Downer that wants to make you just as miserable as they are so what can you do?
Avoid negativity whenever you can.
Try to put positive spins on things that might bring you down. Whether turning a negative into a lesson that you have learned, or making that negative something that you can laugh about and move on, it is all about the mental attitude. Coworkers can influence your mental attitude by frequently venting in front of you. It is really easy to get caught up in the woe is me complaining. There will most likely never be a day where everyone is happy, but make it your mission to do something to make someone else smile and you might find the cheer is contagious.
Make your breaks ones that don’t focus on work.
Is there a book that you are reading that you can spend 10 minutes escaping into the pages of the plot, or maybe a short meditation track that will allow you to come out of your break refreshed and ready to head into what is next on your to-do list? Try to put your phone down during the break and let your eyes have some screen rest if you are at a computer all day. It is hard to distance yourself from the device that is all-powerful, but as smart as the phones are today, they also welcome a world of stress and unhappiness.
Stay away from social media while you are at work.
While it can be frowned upon to be actively involved in posting or checking in on your favorite social media sites, it is also the number one place for you to see something that takes your mood down several notches. If you are an avid poster, take the stance to only post positive or funny posts. By sharing or posting things that are negative, you allow negativity to spread. Finding uplifting, motivational, funny, or “happy” things to post, spreads that positivity.
If you have a colleague that is constantly complaining about everything…
Take a moment to tell them that you are trying something new and that you want to talk about things that are going right versus what is going wrong. Spin it so that it totally something that you are trying to do and that you really need their help by keeping things positive when around you. You don’t even have to acknowledge the complaining you have endured from this colleague. This is about you. You are allowed to let someone know that you need to de-stress and that one of the ways you want to do that is by shielding yourself from hearing things that will bring you down.
And lastly, take a moment to acknowledge all of the things that you like about your workplace.
Make a list and post it somewhere where you will see it while you are working. Make it a priority to tell others what they are doing right and you might find that they start doing the same. This isn’t something that will happen overnight, and if people avoid you because you don’t want to hear complaining…that’s a win-win. The irony of others complaining about you wanting to be happy can be something you smile about.
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