4 Tips to Increase Workplace Happiness

4 Tips to Increase Workplace Happiness

Happy Employees are 12% More Productive

A study by Oswald, Proto and Sigrol, shows that happy employees are 12% more productive than those who are not. ¹ Other studies attribute happiness to 10x fewer sick days and 37% greater sales. Companies with happy employees outperform their competition by 20% .

Even if your boss isn’t prepared to improve the quality of your workplace, there are measures YOU can take to make your experience of your workday happier and more pleasant.

 

4 Tips to Increase Your Happiness in the Workplace

If you work for yourself, you likely already have flexible hours, “free” food, and opportunities to use your skills and abilities. These tips below can increase your happiness even more:

  • Just deciding to take control over your happiness level will increase your happiness. This happens because your radar is searching out things to be happy about or ways to make yourself happier.
  • Reboot your day with a focus on your happiness. Mornings can be stressful getting family members and yourself fed and out the door. Once you’re in your car or on the train, breathe deeply and remember things you’re grateful for.
  • Take small actions to bring happiness to others. This can include just smiling at or greeting those you normally don’t. Hold the door for someone coming after you. Complement someone’s dress or hair. Not only will you boost their happiness, but your own will increase as well.
  • “Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality. So pay close attention to the thoughts you choose. They have a way of becoming real.” ² This actually gives you a lot of control. For example, I’d often get a thought such as “this knife is really sharp. I could cut myself,” and then, often I would. Now that I’ve replaced the thought with “this knife is really sharp, I’m going to curl my fingers as I chop”, I stay safe. In a work situation, when something annoying happens, I’ll notice it and tell myself that “yes, it’s annoying and I’m not going to let it change my mood. (or I’m going to take these steps to keep my good mood.)”

Creating your own happiness, irrespective of what is going on around you will not only help you enjoy your day, giving you more enthusiasm for your evenings, but it will make you more efficient and productive.

¹http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/staff/academic/proto/workingpapers/happinessproductivity.pdf
²https://marcandangel.securechkout.com/

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