Enjoy HOW you work, not what you do for work.

For most of us, 40 hours a week are spent at our jobs. And although this work is necessary so we can pay our bills, buy food and take care of our families, many of us don’t enjoy our jobs and are unhappy at our workplaces. But we don’t have to be unhappy. Even if we aren’t in our “dream job,” we are still working and there are ways to enjoy that work.

How to be happy at work:

(from About.com Human Resources)

Enjoying HOW we work helps us thrive with our health, family and economy.

  1. Choose to be Happy at Work
    Happiness is largely a choice and you can choose to be happy at work. Think positively about your work. Dwell on the aspects of your work you like. Avoid negative people and gossip. Find coworkers you like and enjoy and spend your time with them. Your choices at work largely define your experience. You can choose to be happy at work. Remember, a small shift in perspective equals massive shifts in results.
  2. Do a Great Job at Your Job
    Even if your job if serving burgers at McDonalds, working as the checkout clerk at the local grocery store, or a high level manager at a big company, do the best job you possibly can. Be an example to those around you on how to work. Take great care of your customers and revel in every smile and “thank you” you receive. By doing a good job, you are honoring your own sense of self along with living up to your commitment as an employee.
  3. Avoid Negativity
    Choosing to be happy at work means avoiding negative conversations, gossip and unhappy people as much as possible. No matter how positively you feel, negative people have a profound impact on your psyche. Don’t let the negative coworkers bring you down.
  4. Do Something You Love Every Single Day
    You may or may not love your current job and you may or may not believe that you can find something in your current job to love, but you can. Take a look at yourself, your skills and interests, and find something that you can enjoy doing every day. If you do something you love every single day, your current job won’t seem so bad. Of course, you can always make your current job work or decide that it is time to quit your job.
  5. Make Friends
    Liking and enjoying your coworkers are hallmarks of a positive, happy work experience. Take time to get to know them. You might actually like and enjoy them. Your network provides support, resources, sharing and caring.
  6. Take Charge of Your Own Professional and Personal Development
    You are the person with the most to gain from continuing to develop professionally. Take charge of your own growth; ask for specific and meaningful help from your boss, but march to the music of your personally-developed plan and goals. You have the most to gain from growing – and the most to lose if you stand still.
  7. Take Responsibility for Knowing What Is Happening at Work
    Don’t just wait to be told things or given information or direction. Your boss is busy doing his job and he doesn’t know what you don’t know. Seek out the information you need to work effectively. Develop an information network and use it. Assertively request a weekly meeting with your boss and ask questions to learn. You are in charge of the information you receive.
  8. Ask for Feedback Frequently
    We all want and need positive reinforcement but if you aren’t getting it at work, you can find yourself frustrated and doubting your abilities. If you feel this way, ask your boss for feedback. Tell him you’d really like to hear his assessment of your work and what you could improve upon. You are responsible for your own development.
  9. Make Only Commitments You Can Keep
    One of the most serious causes of work stress and unhappiness is failing to keep commitments. Many employees spend more time making excuses for failing to keep a commitment, and worrying about the consequences of not keeping a commitment, than they do performing the tasks promised. Create a system of organization and planning that enables you to assess your ability to complete a requested commitment. Don’t volunteer if you don’t have time. If your workload is exceeding your available time and energy, make a comprehensive plan to ask the boss for help and resources. Don’t wallow in the swamp of unkept promises.

First steps:

Before you go in to work each day, remind yourself that you are fortunate to have a job.

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