In Part 1 and Part 2 of the series, we spoke about changes to our work skin (aka our work wardrobe) and working environment (aka our desk). In our final blog in our 3-part series, we will discuss some non-physical changes to increase your workplace happiness!

 

A major portion of our happiness is within our control. Regardless of your situation at work, here a few tips people who have found happiness at their jobs have mastered.

 

1. HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE

Reduce the number of choices you need to make every day as the willpower required in decision-making weakens with use. We suggest developing habits or deciding the night before for non vital choices such as what to eat or what to wear. Basing your working wardrobe on a neutral palette of black, white, grey and navy is a good start in order increase the energy you have to keep smiling!

 

2. POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS

Socialising with colleagues is the only thing proven to make us almost as happy as we are when we're not at work. This is because the very act of conversing about topics not-related to work evokes feelings of “you time”

 

It is more productive and motivating to have a good friend to socialise with at work rather than at a different company as chances are you would have received praise or recognition from them within the past week.

 

3. LIVING IN COUNTDOWN TIME

The best part about vacation may be...the anticipation. The weeks leading up to a break yield even more bliss than the afterglow of one. Afterlal, the best part about vacation may actuall be the anticipation.

 

We suggest planning more mini holidays every 3-4 months instead of one large block away as you give yourself more escapes to look forward to in one year. It also assisted to stop the stress cycle more frequently, thereby making you more resilient.

 

4. FORCED CHEER

By forcing a smile – by extension, you are forcing the feeling of happiness. As humans, we tend to mirror one another unconsciously, so a powerful way to ensure that you come across as positive it to take a good look at the facial expression of the person talking to you.

 

5. BECOMING A ‘WORK ALTRUIST’

A study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (as long as you're not giving so much time away that you can't complete your own work) has shown that "work altruists" are 10 times more likely to be motivated at work and they're likelier to get promoted, too.

 

When people helped others for just 10 to 30 minutes a day, they actually felt less time-constrained as it forms part of the afterglow of feeling more capable, confident and useful. At the end of the day, after all the signatures are in place and the numbers crunched, it's the human connection that gives work meaning.

 

6. SALARY MATH

When people break down their earnings by the hour, they derive less happiness from pleasurable experiences as, subconsciously, it's hard to shake the feeling that any time not getting paid is wasted.

 

And while people work more when they are motivated by thoughts of moneyl, they don't want to socialize as much—which puts a damper on happiness.