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Posted:
09 Mar 2009

Change the way you think, to be happy at work

Life” is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it
And, this alone is as good a reason as any to make changes to our thinking about work. There are some traditional perceptions, ideas and maxims that are holding us back from achieving truly fulfilling and happy work lives. Many people and workplaces focus all their efforts on changing the external circumstances at work – for example salaries, bonuses, promotions, careers, pension benefits.
However, the more important issue is how and at what level do we pay more attention to our internal mental processes in particular, our happiness to be at work and if we are not so happy, any more, to change our thinking on some key points. Here are the most important ones.
From “Work is tough” to “Work is fun”
For the last 200 years, through the industrial age, work has been perceived
as tough, unpleasant and hard. In fact, that is one reason why we were paid money. And for most of the industrial age, this was mostly true, with many jobs being hard, boring or even dangerous.
Today, this is less and less so and there are many, many more interesting,
creative, fun, pleasant and happy workplaces to choose from. But none of this
will matter if we go on expecting work to be hard and rough - for the simple
fact that we tend to get what exactly we expect.
Therefore we must change our thinking, and start expecting work to be fun.
From “You can’t be happy and successful” to “You can
only be really successful if you’re happy”
What is business success worth, if you’re not happy?
I have seen successful business people break down crying over the realisation that they have wasted large parts of their lives chasing money, fame and success - while never being happy themselves.
It makes absolutely no sense to me to sacrifice your happiness at work simply for success. It’s just not worth it.
From “Success requires hard work” to “Success requires
happiness”
Interestingly, you don’t need to give up on success in order to be happy.
Studies carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (C.I.P.D.) show that happy people are more likely to be successful! Which
is hardly surprising when you remember that people who are happy at work
are also more motivated, energetic, likable, creative and productive.
From “Happiness at work is nearly impossible” to “Happiness
at work is easy”
Everything we need to create happy workplaces is easy to get and readily
available to almost any workplace in the world. It’s not about budgets,
mission statements, strategies or corporate policies.
Happiness at work comes from the simple things. From the things “you
and I do here and now”.
Anyone can do it!
From “Happiness at work is trivial” to “Happiness at
work is crucial”
Happiness at work is not a trivial little detail that we can leave to an overworked HR department to maybe do something about. It’s not a side issue to address once you’ve achieved the right salary, title and company car.
Happiness at work is crucial to your health, success and general happiness
in life and it’s the #1 factor that drives corporate success.

That’s why happiness at work needs to be at the very top of our priorities
- both for employees and businesses.
So considering the fact that happiness at work is crucial, easy and really,
really good for you… My question is:
Are you happy or unhappy at work? Is your workplace happy or unhappy? How does this affect you?
And if your workplace is not happy, what would be different if you and
most of your co-workers liked your jobs so much that you looked forward
to going to work almost every morning? What would that do for you and for
the company?

To end, Albert Einstein has been quoted as saying:
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.
So why not take these words and act upon them by changing the way you work or the way others around you work.

Do you have any thoughts, comments or views on this article? If so please get in touch.

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