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10 Ways To Be Happier At Work

Most of us aren't happy at work. Here's what we can do to change that.
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(Image: Kyrill Poole via Wikimedia Commons)

(Image: Kyrill Poole via Wikimedia Commons)

Are we happy at work? It seems to depend on which study you read. A survey by Tinypulse indicates only 19% of IT workers would say they are highly sastisfied. But a study we covered in May showed IT folks were feeling less stress and more pride in their jobs. "Happy" is a difficult word to define.

We may be soldiering on, accepting the status quo, for the sake of a paycheck. But acceptance is not the same as happiness, and it seems fair to say most of us aren't truly happy. There are plenty of factors beyond our control that affect our happiness on the job. These include: whether or not we like our co-workers; whether our manager expresses gratitude; whether our company's mission is clearly communicated to us; and whether there's a clear path to career advancement.

One way to achieve on-the-job happiness is to concentrate on what you can control. We've made a list of 10 things to do, five in the office and five at home, that can help you find your happy place at work.

Try these before writing your resignation letter. Better yet, try them to ward off the weekly blahs and see if they help you enjoy the idea of getting up and going to work. Check out our list, and then tell us in the comments section below whether you're happy at work and, if so, what you did to get there.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

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PedroGonzales
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9/19/2015 | 1:40:31 PM
Re: Satisficer
I would try to get to know my boss much better since.  I do notice that people complain, I like the idea of complaining, but try to see how you can provide a solution to the problem.  Most people at work like to whine but can't get pass to complain.  
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kstaron,
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9/16/2015 | 5:38:38 PM
Make less decisions
No wonder major life changes are so stressful. They are full of little decisions. Finding a new job is filled with decisions of which resume do you send where. Moving is rife with decisions about home size, school districts and how much stuff can you can take with you. I guess you need to make sure if you find yourself in a position where you must make many decisions, make sure you are doing more of the rest, friends at work, smiling, and sleep and such to compensate.
StephenR303
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9/14/2015 | 4:00:41 PM
Top 3
Thanks for the inspiration.  My top 3:  #3 Slide 11, Try something new.  #2 Slide 8, Make fewer choices and #1, Stop Whining and do something about it.  See slide 8 & 11 for great examples!
jagibbons
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9/11/2015 | 3:28:27 PM
Satisficer & Sleep
I can attest the value of being more of a satisficer. That isn't my typical style, but when I'm able to make the decision and let go of the idea of making a better decision with the same information, life is more peaceful.

I also know that don't get nearly enough sleep. I guess I'm the only one to blame for that.
David Wagner
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9/10/2015 | 7:50:21 PM
Re: What Wally says
@NJ Mike- Wally is wise. But he forgot to mention bacon. Bacon is also important.
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soozyg,
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9/10/2015 | 9:06:09 AM
Satisficer
I love this one! I think I use it already sometimes. I think this is actually how my father used to order food at restaurants.

And, I've actually told new mothers in the past: just make a decision based on current information. Your life situation will change in the next month, 6 months and/or year, anyway, and you'll have to make another decision. Just decide for now.

 
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soozyg,
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9/10/2015 | 9:00:53 AM
reduce decisions
I like this one. 

I was told years ago that (New York City) artists wear black because 1) it goes with everything so you don't have to worry about matching and 2) then you don't have to decide what to wear every morning. The artists feel like they make so many decisions regarding their art (and business) they don't want to worry about unnecessary things.

Goes to the Steve Jobs black turtleneck theory.
NJ Mike
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9/9/2015 | 9:13:42 AM
What Wally says
Just remember what Wally says "Sadness is just another word for not enough coffee."
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9/7/2015 | 10:00:30 PM
Smile and The Whole World Smiles With You........

I really enjoy the tips for making yourself happy at work.  I especially like trying to smile every once in awhile.   I live in a city of "smile-less mummy's" ( Los Angeles ) and after you have lived here long enough you become one too.  I make up for it with the few friends I have who are probably my friends because they are light hearted and like to laugh which is hard to do without a smile.   

Seeing someone in the workplace who never smiles does affect others around them and I have never understood how someone can do this day in and day out - not smile.  And yet when you do see this person actually smile, one has to wonder if it is genuine ?  And what was it that made that grumpy  person actually laugh or crack a smile ?   

Was it a genuine emotion of someone who had never smiled before ? 

I try to give these people the benefit of the doubt but it is hard to forget the smile-less person they had always been.  

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