happiness at work

Four Habits to Be Happier at Work

There might be many reasons why your job makes you miserable. Maybe you are bored, your manager is terrible, or the company culture is toxic.  If you aren’t experiencing any workplace dis-ease, bravo! You’ve hit the jackpot.

But, if you desire more satisfaction at work, you may not need to find a new job or escape your boss. According to Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas, a happiness researcher at UC Berkeley, we’re all capable of making ourselves happier at work–we just have to work at it.

Maximize Your Happiness Potential

It’s true that some people have a greater capacity for happiness than others.  Whether you are born with the happiness gene or life experiences gift you with positivity and perspective.  Here are . . .

4 Habits To Feel Happier At Work No Matter What


1. Enjoy the good times 

More often than not, anyone who has ever held a job has, felt the pressure of workplace stress.  But, even when challenged, those who can laugh at their weaknesses, be mindful, advocate for their own ideas, and focus on what has gone well; will thrive.  Happier people take time to appreciate when good things do happen.

2. Find purpose in your work

The people who are happiest in their jobs are “driven by a higher purpose.”  We know, that a sense of purpose is fundamental to the psychology of motivation. Yet purpose is not something we define strictly by ourselves. As a manager or leader, help your team members see “why” their contributions matter and how their activities advance the goals of the department, the company, and the world at large.

3. Improve your resilience 

Happy employees are resilient.  They have the ability to recover from adversity that might seem overwhelming to others, and keep on going.  When facing setbacks or workplace difficulties, remind yourself that this is only temporary and take a few deep breaths.  Maintain a positive attitude, avoid dwelling on the past, and look forward to new opportunities for growth.

4. Practice kindness 

Adopt kindness as a habit.  Start by taking a genuine interest in others, and showing more empathy, compassion, generosity, and gratitude. Kindness also entails being willing to reconcile interpersonal conflict. Workplace apologies garner respect, and forgiving others relieves stress, strengthens closeness, and creates a sense of belonging.  Chances are your efforts will be contagious, making the people around you happier, too.

Don’t wait until tomorrow to be happier in your job.   

Practice these four habits today.  


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  • Sal Pellegrino / August 4, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    what a great article Peg! I have a number of friends who oftentimes complain about the stress of difficult goals or senior management not leading properly. Thankfully, I have returned to a great company and just celebrated my 16th year there.

    • Peg Calvario / August 5, 2018 at 6:52 am

      Congratulations to you and Precor! I appreciate your comment and happiness really does start within each of us. Great to hear from you, Sal!

  • Carol Graves / November 7, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Changes in the industry have put the pressure on…I needed this article at this moment. Voices, internal and external, can steal our joy. Thank you, Peg!!!

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