Are you living to make it possible to enjoy the time we have for yourselves?
That attitude needs a rethink.
What if the workplace could make you happier? Wouldn’t it give everything a positive new perspective? The Dali Lama has said, “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”
If you’re in an abusive or truly dead-end work environment, then working to get out is your best source of happiness–and more power to you in that effort. But for the vast majority of workers, there are daily actions you can take to make yourself happier.
Here are 25 of the essentials:
1. Take charge of your own growth. Growth, it’s been said, is the only evidence of happiness. Every day you always have a choice–you can either step forward into growth or step backward into safety.
2. Keep a source of inspiration within reach. To help you through the tough and uninspired times, keep something close at hand that will bring you happiness and connection. It may be a photo of your family or a mentor, a book or a collection of quotations that speak to you.
3. Give help without being asked. Often the people most in need of help have the hardest time asking for it. Make a practice of offering to help someone who appears to be struggling whether they ask for it or not. And remember to model positive behavior by asking for a hand when you need one.
4. Get physical. Physical exercise will not only help you stay healthier and live longer, but it’s also one of the most dependable mood boosters. Even a 10-minute walk can brighten your outlook.
5. Don’t let anger steal your happiness. Don’t let little things anger you and rob you of your happiness. Save your anger for significant injustices and situations where you can help make a difference.
6. Spend time with open-minded people. People who appreciate multiple perspectives and are open to change are the best companions you can have. They’ll inspire you to open your own mind in turn and be receptive to new ideas, new experiences, and new people.
7. Tune in. As much as you’re able, listen to music. The right music can help you concentrate, find a rhythm for work, and even (when you need it) escape.
8. Learn something new every day. Those who do new things―whether it’s learning a game, traveling to an unfamiliar place, or anything in between―are happier than people who stick to familiar things they already know how to do.
9. Take small breaks. Short breaks and mindful quiet times calm your thinking and ultimately keep you more productive.
Make your days count. Every day we have the opportunity to be happy, to make a difference, to live life to the fullest and to wildly succeed. It’s up to each of us to choose the things that make us happy.