He who works happily, works better: quite simple, isn’t it? Even science says so.
The ‘problem’ is that good humour and happiness are not always at hand, especially when it comes to emotional states in the workplace. Tight deadlines, colleagues with little empathy and a precarious balance between home and work (which we have discussed here) can lead to chronic stress and ultimately to burnout.
These are mostly external factors but are not always valid excuses. According to experts, a long-lasting state of happiness must first come from within, through a mindset change.
This is the theory of neuroscientist Dean Burnett, author of Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes from, and Why, according to whom it’s necessary to understand that happiness is not a brief moment of gratification, but a continuous state of well-being, characterised by constant motivation.
To put it plainly: one must set personal and achievable goals on a day-to-day basis, instead of chasing dreams of glory set by society for which to be praised by family, friends, and colleagues.
The focus switches from others to oneself.
But how can someone find this motivation and, more importantly, keep it high over time?
Understand what motivates you the most
What makes you sad, unsatisfied, and stressed at work? What instead gives you a feeling of fulfilment, relaxation, and personal gratification? Find the critical points in your work life to understand what you need to work on.
Commit to professional growth
Workplaces with a strong corporate culture encourage the training of their employees by providing both internal and external resources. Take advantage of these opportunities to improve your skills.
Break down macro-goals into micro-habits
It’s difficult to completely change your mindset from one day to the other. Like anything else, a change of attitude requires a gradual process. Start with the small things, those that give you an instant joy, and only move on to the more complex things when these have become your daily routine.
Avoid power games in the office
Be friendly with colleagues but don’t get caught up in other people’s arguments, stances on principle or futile gossip. Neutrality will help you avoid anxiety and relationship difficulties.
- Create a happy corner just for yourself
Eliminate useless objects and decorate your desk (as far as company policies allow). Even a simple plant or picture can bring a smile to your face throughout the day.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Finally, physical health is essential to create a positive mindset. Getting enough sleep, exercising, eating healthily, and booking regular check-ups are the first step to a happier (working and non-working) life.