Is this even a possibility that the words happy and work can be in the same sentence? Nancy Stampahar of Silver Linings Solutions says yes it can happen. Stampahar is an author, consultant, speaker and trainer. Her business provides professional development training and keynote speaking services: http://www.silver­lining­solu­”


Being happy at work takes a little work (there is that word again) on your behalf. Stampahar says you can choose to be happy or miserable. To make your life and work happier, you first need to make yourself happy. To make yourself happy, you need courage, assertiveness and passion. You can find the happiness that has been suppressed.

Sometimes, you end up settling for whatever comes your way. You go with the way things are instead of pursuing what could be better. You lose your courage, assertiveness and passion. Here is the part that I love. Nancy says your happiness potential is like sugar that has settled at the bottom of your glass of lemonade. It’s inside the glass, it’s inside you. It’s there for you when you can’t take life anymore and when you’re ready to make a change. But it can become stuck. Stir it up! It’s holding in your courage, sweetness and passion which are necessary sweeteners. Stir them up to taste the sweetness of life and work. Act with courage, communicate with assertiveness, find your passion and make your life sweeter. Imagine how weak, sour and bitter your life would be without any sugar. You need courage, assertiveness and passion to reach your happiness potential. You can be happy at work, check out these tips:

Choose to be happy.

Reprogram your negative thoughts and responses to people and situations with positive programming (stop bad mouthing your job, don’t bite the hand that feeds you, HELLO!).

Find at least one job-related task you enjoy doing. Do it each day at work.

Find a personal interest or hobby that brings you fun and happiness and do it daily or weekly.

Learn something new to ignite and open your mind (take an online class, many companies offer them for free).

Stay away from gossip and negativity (when you hear your co-workers talking about the boss, run, you don’t want your name and paycheck in the mix).

Make only the commitments you can keep (if you can’t deliver it next day don’t make that promise).

Be approachable, kind and pleasant to be around. (trust me, the head office notices the hard to get along with employees).

Ask for feedback, listen with an open mind and make the appropriate changes.

If you have consistently tried to get happy at work and are still not happy, it’s time to find another job.

If you work for a large enough company take a look at the job openings, you may be able to make a change and still maintain your seniority. Possibly you need a vacation. One friend of mine uses a month of Mondays for one of her vacation weeks. Those four-day weeks make a huge difference and give her something to look forward to. We spend half of our life at work, work to be happy.

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