5 Tips to Help You Find Joy and Happiness at Work
If you’ve landed on this article, chances are you are probably thinking that the words job and joy mix like oil and water.
But it is possible to love your job and find joy in the work you do each day. And it isn’t just for the super rich or super successful either. Anyone from a teacher to an electrical engineer can find joy in what they do.
Loving your job again is about a shift. Sometimes the shift is physical while other times it’s mental. Not all of these tips may apply to you. So it’s key that you really think about why your current job is making you unhappy. When you know the source of your unhappiness, you can then make the correct shift necessary to find joy in your work once again.
Physical Shift: Do What You Love, Love What You Do
If you find that the work you do each day just isn’t something you enjoy anymore, try making a career out of something you love doing. When you love what you do, it can be easy to find joy in each day of work. To help you make a career switch, check out our article on how to successfully make a career change.
Mental Shift: The Why is Where it Is
If you feel like some days are more enjoyable than others, remember why you chose your career path. This can be especially true for professions that are unpredictable, like healthcare has been in recent years. Remembering the driving force behind what you do can help you increase your day-to-day happiness.
Pro Tip: Keep your “why” written on a note in your pocket or phone and pull it out to read it on tough days to help remind you why you chose this career.
Physical Shift: Love my Job, Not My Company
Sometimes we love the career we chose, but not always the company we are working for. This can happen when your values don’t align with the values and workplace culture of the company. Not only can a poor cultural fit lead to a decline in mental health, but it can also affect your productivity and creativity. When you love what you do but not the company, it’s time to look for a new place of work.
Pro Tip: Use Workzinga to help you match with companies that more closely resemble your values and personality.
Mental Shift: Open Up and Let It In
When we are unhappy with our work or hating on our job, it can be easy to close ourselves off and become an island. Instead, open yourself up. Engage with co-workers and make those human connections. Time and time again, polls consistently show that the people you work with as one of the top reasons for loving a job.
Pro Tip: When the going gets tough, you can rely on those friendships at work for relief, support and joy!
Physical Shift: Take Up More Space
When we say take up more space, we don’t mean take up more of the bench you are sitting on at the park during your lunch break. But rather to take up more space at work by taking on additional responsibilities. This may seem a bit counterintuitive, especially if you are feeling less joy at work. But if you are bored, perhaps it’s time for some personal growth opportunities!
Pro Tip: Ask your boss to take on a new project or attend a leadership conference to grow your skills. You’ll find that taking on a new challenge can keep you from getting bored.
Mental Shift: Practice Gratefulness
If you feel overwhelmed and stressed, it can lead to sadness, which may be affecting how happy you are at work. First, take a deep breath. Get yourself organized and hopefully that will eliminate some of your undue stress. If that doesn’t help, remember to reach out to your boss or co-workers for help. We are all human and it’s okay to not be able to do it all, all of the time. Second, practice gratefulness, which can further help to center you.
Pro Tip: It’s human nature to focus on the negative, so instead, focus on the positives and you’ll find that each day it gets easier and easier to do. When you focus on what you do love and are grateful for, you’ll find that this list far outweighs the negatives. And if for some reason it doesn’t, it might be time to think about switching companies or careers.