If you struggle to get out of bed in the morning or dread heading into the office, this one’s for you. When your job has lost the sparkle and excitement it once had, it can make life miserable and unfulfilling. Let’s discuss a few simple ways to find happiness in your work and get back to loving what you do, or at least enjoying the day as you work to earn a living. We all have to work, but we don’t have to compromise our happiness in order to do so.
Connect to Gratitude
The quickest way to turn things around is to check your attitude. And the best way to do that is to connect to a sense of gratitude. Make a list of all the things you’re grateful for pertaining to your job. It can be things like having a steady paycheck or the very fact that you have a secure job in the first place. Add as many things as you can possibly think of. Write it down and keep the list at your desk as a daily reminder.
Focus on the Positive
The first step was to connect to gratitude and that’s a natural lead into the second step: focusing on the positive. Just as you listed the things you’re grateful for, begin to explore the parts of your job that you enjoy. It can be the actual work you do or a co-worker you like interacting with. Maybe it’s the donuts you get at the weekly staff meeting. There’s always something! Add it to your gratitude list and begin to look for something positive every day.
Share the Positive
Chances are, if you’ve stopped having a good time at work, so have your co-workers. Tell someone you appreciate what they bring to the team or talk about your gratitude list with them. In her Forbes article “How An Authentic ‘Thank You’ Can Change Your Workplace Culture” Amy Morin talks about how gratitude in the workplace can increase productivity and improve your well-being.
Other fun ideas to spread positivity in the workplace are to share an inspirational quote each week on the breakroom bulletin board, try playing upbeat music at your desk, or invite your co-workers to have lunch together every so often. You can also find a co-worker who shares your desire to be positive and hold each other accountable during the week to curb complaining and office politics.
Incorporate Things You Love
Are there ways to incorporate things into your current work load that will make it more enjoyable? Talk to your boss about adding them to your schedule. Maybe you’re in charge of the office administration but you really love writing. Consider working with your boss to write a new employee manual or monthly newsletter for your team. Be creative and find ways to make your existing role fit your interests.
Work is a huge part of your daily life. If you’re unhappy at the office, you’re probably unhappy at home. Take some time to turn things around and find true happiness. It might mean changing a few things or stepping out of your comfort zone, but it will be well worth the effort. You deserve to be happy and live a fulfilling life. It’s up to you to make it happen!
What can you do this week to make your work more enjoyable? Share in the comments below!