Increase your happiness level at work
Maybe you’re lucky enough to love your job, your boss, and all your co-workers. But if you’re like the rest of us, things could be better at work. You don’t have to wait for a miracle, though. Try these simple steps for increasing your happiness on the job:
- Personalize your workspace. Go beyond the obligatory photo of your family and a calendar of picturesque landscapes. Decorate your office or cubicle to reflect your personality. You’ll feel more relaxed and comfortable, and your co-workers will get to know the real you.
- Learn to say no. Some of us automatically agree to take on anything we’re asked. This leads to overwork and stress. Get into the habit of telling your coworkers when you’ve already got too much to handle. You may have to negotiate with them—and with your boss—but standing up for yourself will increase other people’s respect for you and give you more breathing space to do your own job.
- Become a mentor. Use your expertise to guide younger employees and help them develop their skills. You can do this in your workplace, or through volunteer programs from community groups or your college. It’s a great way to meet new people and contribute to someone else’s success, both of which will renew your spirits.
- Ride your bike to work. If you live within a reasonable distance, ride a bicycle or walk to work when the weather is favorable. The exercise and fresh air will improve your health and your frame of mind both when you get to work and when you return home.