Choose to be happy at work

Happiness is largely a choice! You can choose to be happy at work. Sounds simple. But simplicity is often profoundly difficult to put into action. The main idea is to think positively about your work, dwell on the aspects of your work you like. Avoid negative people and gossip. Find colleagues that you like and enjoy spending time with them. Your choices at work largely define your experience. You can choose to be happy at work.

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 single day. If you can do something you love every day, your current job won’t seem so bad.

Take charge of your on professional and personal development

Take charge of your own growth, ask specific and meaningful help from your boss, but march to the music of your personally developed plans and goals. You have the most to gain from growing – and most to lose, if you stand still.

Take responsibility for knowing what is happening at work

People complain that they don’t receive enough communication and information about what is happening with their company, their department’s projects or their colleagues. Passive vessels, they wait for the boss to fill them up with knowledge. The knowledge rarely comes because the boss is busy doing his/her work and he/she 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.

Ask for feedback frequently

If you’re not positive about your work, and you are thinking about improving and making a sincere contribution, then ask your boss for feedback. Tell him that you would really like to hear his assessment of your work. Talk to customers too, if you’re serving them well. You are responsible for your own development.

Make only commitments you can keep

One of the most serious cause of work stress and unhappiness is failing to make 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 request 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 unfulfilled promises.

Avoid negativity

Choosing to be happy at work means avoiding negative conversations, gossips, 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 Neds and Nellies bring you down.

Practice professional courage

If you are like most people, you don’t like conflicts. The reason to this is simple, it means you have never been trained to participate in meaningful conflicts, so you think of conflicts as scary, harmful and hurtful. However, if conflicts are handled well, they can help you accomplish your work mission and your personal vision. Conflicts can help you serve customers and create successful products. Happy people accomplish their purpose for working. Why let a little professional courage keep you from achieving your goals and dreams? Make conflict your friend.

Make friends

Liking and enjoying your co-workers 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.

If all else fails, job searching will make you smile

If all of these ideas aren’t making you happy at work, it’s time to re-evaluate your employer, your job or your entire career. You don’t want to spend your life doing work you hate in an unfriendly work environment. Most work environment don’t change all that much. But unhappy employees tend to grow even more disgruntled. You can secretly smile while you spend all of your non-working time job searching

Referenced from: http://humanresources.about.com/od/success/tp/happy_work.htm

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