T he workplace can be an environment for great stress and anxiety. There are deadlines to meet, bosses to please, clients to please, offices and work places to keep organised, plus a room full of strangers who are all expected to get on and be inspired to achieve at all times.
That is a big ask, but it can be done. So how do we handle life’s pressures and work? What if we just doesn’t feel great because of an argument with a partner, a diagnosis of an illness, an upset child? Often we don’t want to share how we feel at work because of the pressure to perform, or the label someone may attach to us. The question is, how can we ensure that work and happiness combine? Here are my top seven steps to make work a happy and joyful experience.
1. Live within ten minutes of where you work. It has been proven in many surveys that people who live close to their work have a better quality of life. They benefit from better relationships, more time with family and are able to have time for eating well and exercising.
2. Do a job you love. I heard Jim Carrey saying how his father never wanted to be an accountant and he failed at that when he lost his job, making his family homeless. He said he learned a lesson that day; that you can fail at what you don’t like, so you might as well go after what you love. What have you got to lose?
3. Walk for at least ten minutes at lunchtime. Not a walk to go for a sandwich or to the shop, a walk that has no destination. The idea is to clear your mind and allow creativity for the afternoon to come in.You need to saunter, which is walking without thinking. Just be in the moment and look at your surroundings.
4. Work hard but let go of the outcome. This is a tough one, as we like to be in control. Forcing an outcome can be exhausting and stressful. The only thing that is meant to be WILL be. You could read the blog Five Lessons For daily Happiness for more reading about this. If something doesn’t work out, take a breath and a walk to reconnect to yourself, rather than the project, then get back to doing what you love.
5. Know the people you work with on a personal level. Create a family with your colleagues, share your dreams and desires, let people into your life and they will let you into theirs. When the chips are down you are far more likely to stick together when you intimately know each other like family. You are also more likely to support each other to achieve and encourage success too.
6. Build feelings of Trust, Cooperation, Thoughtfulness and Kindness. To be truly happy at work or at home, you need to know the people you are with have your back. No one is successful alone and the only way to be successful together is to create a bond of love and belonging, so love the people you work with.
7. Have a schedule of work and stick to the timetable. This isn’t always possible, I know, especially if you work for yourself. However, it is all too easy to allow the working hours to eat up your social hours and you really do miss out when that happens. Overworking will ruin relationships, cause stress and create many life complications that lead to serious health problems. So it may be tough but definitely one that needs to be taken seriously.
Work is an important part of our existence as humans. We need to feel significant and to contribute, making our life meaningful. A life without meaning leads to depression, stress and anxiety. Do the work you love and you will never work another day in your life. That is what I asked myself before I became a photographer and an author. I highly recommend you ask yourself that question.
To keep your mind on YOUR Happiness Health, why not start with taking the happiness test to see how happy you are and how much more happy you could be, go to www.takethehappinesstest.com. You will need to sign up to do it.
Janet Jones is an author, happiness seeker, lover of life and speaker/trainer.
She is the founder of www.happinessmillionaire.com and a regular guest on BBC Radio Leeds, spreading happiness messages around Yorkshire.
True happiness is deep within our core for each and every one of us. Our one shared goal is to find it and make it grow.’ Janet x
You can also watch inspiring interviews on her YouTube Channel for Happiness Seekers.