6 Hacks To Be Happier At Work, Backed By Science

6 Hacks To Be Happier At Work, Backed By Science

2. Improve relationship with co-workers

According to a 2016 survey on job satisfaction & employee engagement by the annual Society for Human Resource Management, it was found that your relationship with your colleagues was the most important factor that led to your professional happiness.

Moreover, helping your co-workers can also significantly contribute to making you feel happier at work. A study by La Follette School of Public Affairs found that employees in their 30s reported feeling happier by helping others at work, when asked about it 30 years later. Another study on employee happiness found that employees who are generally happy at the workplace tend to help their co-workers 33% more than employees who feel unhappy.

However, you don’t need to go out of your way to help a fellow employee. Simply ask your favorite teammate if they need a hand on their project or grab a cup of coffee from them. Although, it might be a bit challenging on a daily basis, doing this intentionally can have an excellent positive impact on your mindset.

Do you have a toxic colleague? Read Toxic Coworkers: Dealing With 7 Most Dangerous Work Personalities

3. Pause and breathe

When you feel things are getting too hard to handle at work, simply take a deep breath and pause for a while. Be mindful about your environment and observe what thoughts and emotions you’re feeling in the present moment. According to neuroscientist Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas, “Taking a deep breath as often as you can at work, or having some kind of extra awareness of what’s going on in your own psychological milieu, is so important.

Simon-Thomas, science director of the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, believes that mindful practices can prove to be highly beneficial. Habits like deep breathing during breaks or before big meetings can calm your mind and prevent toxic thoughts and rumination. This can also help you reduce your stress and anxiety levels.

“Focus on your breath when you’re in a moment of reactivity, when you’re tempted to perhaps yell at someone about something they did that irritates you. Notice the urge, get curious about it, feel the joy of letting go and repeat,” she added.

So the next time you feel like losing your cool and yelling at a co-worker, stop for a moment, take a deep breath and observe your thoughts and emotions before reacting to the heat of the moment.

4. Learn new skills

According to a 2015 Gallup poll, around 51% of workers in the U.S. reported they are “not engaged” in their jobs. The survey also found that 32% of U.S. adult workers reported being  “actively engaged”, while 17% reported they are “actively disengaged” in their jobs. 

If you feel you’re not actively engaged with your work, then you’re probably bored with what you do on a daily basis. Doing the same thing repeatedly can make us feel bored and surely sap our energy and happiness. If you feel your happiness at work is affected due to boredom, then the best thing you can do is learn a new skill. Depending on what you do for a living, you can always learn new skills to improve your efficiency and give your resume a much-needed boost. In fact, a research paper published, by authors David Cutler and Adriana Lleras-Muney, in the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that education and learning can significantly affect our well being and morality.

So make sure you learn new skills and challenge yourself to feel higher levels of job satisfaction and happier at work. You may choose to enrol in an online course or ask your supervisor about employee learning & development programs in your organization. This will motivate you to work harder and have a positive effect on your mindset and attitude.

Want to get better at your job? Read Six Ways To Improve Productivity At Work

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