Posted by: healingtheworkplace | March 5, 2016

Do You Deserve to be Happy…at Work? by Lesley Taylor

Do You Deserve to be Happy…at Work?

 I really do believe that we deserve to be happy and so, apparently, does the United Nations. In fact that the UN has declared March 20th as International Happiness Day.

Since we spend so much of our lives working it makes sense that we should also be happy at work, but is this realistic? Thousands of people can’t find any work at all and many more are forced to work for horrible bosses in work that is mind-numbingly boring or worse, unsafe.

In my parent’s generation and for generations before theirs the only real purpose of work was to put a roof over one’s head and food on the table. I don’t think people thought much about finding happiness at work. If they did it was probably a “bi-product” and not something that they intentionally set out to achieve.

There are a seemingly endless amount of resources that you can tap into in your quest to become happier. These provide an anecdote to the daily messages that we receive about how much the world is in trouble. Can we really be happy in a world in which terrorists attack innocent people, global warming threatens us with increasing floods, wild fires, and rising air and water temperatures? What about the millions of displaced people who can never go back to their homes and communities?

Neil Pasricha believes we can!

Pasricha, a Canadian author, recently released his newest book. It’s called the Happiness Equation and you will find details on his website. He was also featured in a TED talk in 2010 which has amassed over 2.5 million viewers. It seems as if many of us want to be happy.

When it comes to being happy at work it might just boil down to finding work that enables you to use your gifts and talents (those things that you are naturally good at). We often feel more engaged and passionate when doing things that we enjoy.

Think of a time when you were involved in work that you felt passionate about. Did you lose track of time? Did it feel like work?

The Power of Purpose by Richard Leider is one of the best books I have read on the subject of discovering one’s purpose in life. Leider describes purpose as “your reason for being and your reason for getting up in the morning”.

He also states that, “Each life has a natural reason for being and this purpose is the reason we are born into this world”.

Happiness at work might be as simple as connecting with what you feel passionate about and makes you feel alive and finding work that allows you to do just that. You will not only be a happier person but you will have a positive impact on other people in your life.

 

Cheers!

The Dynamic Introvert

 

 

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