Why You Should Never Ignore Your Level of Happiness At Work
If I could just be more happy. I dread Mondays and live for the weekend. My work doesn’t make me happy. But that’s the point, right, work isn’t supposed to make us happy?
It’s time to do something about this whole being unhappy at work conundrum. To do this, we set out on a quest to learn more about what makes people happy and how we can control our levels of happiness in life and in our work.
It Starts With You
Did you know that happiness is a skill? You bet it is! And like any skill you can develop it through deliberate practice and intentional thoughts and actions. So, if you work hard on your golf game or piano playing through determination and practice, you can do the exact same thing to become more happy in your work and life in general.
The research around happiness shows that our levels of happiness are indeed individualized. Not everyone is equal when it comes to how happy they are day in and day out.
The factors that determine our happiness are three-fold:
1. 50 % – Genetics – we are each born with a set level of happiness. This makes up approximately 50% of our happiness level.
2. 10 % – Circumstances – these are things in our life that we more or less were born into or fell into as we go through life. Our relationships with family and friends, our jobs, where we live, the amount of money we make. We have some control here, but it’s not easy to make changes. Circumstance take time to change.
3. 40% – Intentional actions – this is the exciting part, because we have direct control of up to 40% of how happy we are. Through purposeful and deliberate action steps, you can improve your level of happiness – quickly!
What’s the Big Deal About Happiness?
If you stop and think about it, our levels of happiness help determine our outlook on life every single day.
When you are unhappy you are:
- Less motivated
- Not hopeful
- And so on…
- Uplifting Moods
- Less anger
- And so on…
Wouldn’t you rather experience more of the things on the happy list versus the unhappy list?
Once you begin to pursue what makes you happy in your life and in the work you do, you’ll begin to discover that you want to change. You want to be happy. And, you’ll no longer accept any alternative.
Are You Happy?
What a powerful question, right? Has anyone asked you that lately?
Be honest with yourself.
On the surface, do you seem happy? Maybe you have all the extrinsic markers that are supposed to make us happy like a high paying job, comfortable house in a great neighborhood, a close knit group of family and friends.
But beyond the surface, deep down inside you may not be truly happy. This is because all of those extrinsic things are not what makes up authentic happiness.
For the large majority of us, we can increase our levels of happiness with a focus on both your circumstances (Worktuit’s focus is to help you pursue the career you’re meant for) and your intentional actions.
There isn’t anything we can do to control genetics. So if you fall low on the genetic scale of happiness, you will need to work harder at this being happy thing compared to others who are more genetically happy.
So, are you happy?
Go to the core of your being and give the honest answer. Hopefully the answer is yes! But if it isn’t, then remember you can do something about it.
You control up to 50% of your happiness.
As we talked about, circumstances (10%) are more difficult to change but over time you can make changes to improve your happiness.
Then there’s the intentional actions (40%) you can make on a daily basis that will make you more happy.
You will be motivated to produce more intentional actions that will increase your happiness if you are doing the work you love.
You just have to take the idea of developing your level of happiness as serious as that golf game or piano lessons.
This page contains all things happiness related. Dive in where you’d like. Once you do, you just may find yourself smiling a bit more every day.
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Books About the Work and Happiness
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Love Does by Bob Goff
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
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Videos Related to the Work and Happiness
The Surprising Science of Happiness – Dan Gilbert
What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness – Robert Waldinger
The Habits of Happiness – Matthieu Ricard
Documentaries Related to the Work and Happiness
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Podcast Episodes Related to Work and Happiness
Gretchen Rubin – 8 Rules to Happiness – Oprah’s Supersoul Conversations
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Do You Want to Be Happy? – The Tony Robbins Podcast
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Products to Help Develop Work and Happiness
Light Therapy Lamp by TaoTronics
Color Me Happy – by Lacy Mucklow & Angela Porter
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