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  • Charmaine Sheen

Finding Happiness in the Workplace

Yikes! We spend 30% of our human life working. It’s understandable that unhappiness at work will take its toll on your emotional well-being.

I’ve seen many a person depressed and sleep deprived over their career choice or workplace atmosphere. Unfortunately as much as I’d like to advocate a career change or seeking out a corporate culture that fits better with your own personal values – the reality is that sometimes we need to make the most of the job that we have.

Research suggests that around 50% of our happiness is determined by genetics, 40% by intentional activities and only 10% by our circumstances.

The good news… we have a fair amount of control over our happiness. We all have the ability to focus on the positive aspects of work, but need to train ourselves to do so.

So, next time you are feeling down and discouraged at work, try engaging in some of the activities below to boost your mood:

  • Be grateful for your job! Jot down some of the reasons you are grateful for your job and keep the notes visual as a reminder

  • Conduct some “random acts of kindness at work” and make someone else happy

  • Smile! And find the humour in your circumstances

  • Eat well, exercise and rest

  • Find work – life balance.

“Happiness is an inside job. Don’t assign anyone else that much power over your life.” Mandy Hale.

Happiness at work is a choice

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