10 Ways to Get (and Stay) Happy at Work

When I was a child, I loved going to the park and getting on the seesaw with a friend. I was so happy, without a care in the world. Many years later, in the latter stages of a successful career in human resources, I began to think about that seesaw from my childhood — but in a very different context. As I struggled mightily with my feelings of discontent in the workplace, it became clear to me that just the smallest thing can cause one person on that seesaw to soar high while the other sinks lower, sometimes hitting their butt hard on the ground.

It only takes a moment to slide from engagement into disengagement, but it will take a whole lot more time and effort to re-engage and find your passion and happiness again. The first step toward happiness at work is to become a “Chief Engagement Officer” and to take ownership of your own life and career.

Here are my top 10 life lessons for how you can get (and stay) happy at work:

1. It’s always your choice.

You are the only person who can make the conscious decision to be happy at work. Even in the face of negative aspects of the workplace, you need to think positively. You can do this by looking for those things that are good and not dwell only on the bad. Stay away from negative people and associate with those who are happy at work; it will rub off on you.

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