Why Happiness At Work Is Important For Your Overall Happiness
Originally published at lmt-lss.com on September 19, 2015.
If you’re unhappy at your workplace, ask yourself why. What about your workplace makes you discontent? The solutions don’t present themselves in an instant but take a breather and try solving them.
A while ago, every Sunday night, I would go to sleep with an uneasy feeling in my stomach. Monday meant getting back to work and going through the week like a zombie. The the eve of Monday meant the end of my weekend and somehow, I was deeply saddened. Don’t get me wrong, I loved working and I absolutely cherished my colleagues with but deep down I was unhappy, despite excelling at my work place.
Fresh out of college and naive, I had high hopes and was rather excited to become an adult. The job profile was good, it was a stone’s throw away from my home, and most of the people were millennials like me. This was my first full-time job with a decent pay check finding its way into my bank account every month. I was ecstatic to get the offer and accepted it without hesitation. I could proudly claim to be a working person and that feeling was indescribable.
The first few months flew by with me rushing home to tell my friends how amazing the office was. As a writer, the work seemed mediocre but I was glad to be a published writer. I was no longer the girl who scribbled in her diary and wished she was a writer. It was my honeymoon period and it took a while to register.
The initial exhilaration faded after the honeymoon I boasted about came to an end. I was stuck in a routine and my job slowly sucked the spontaneity out of my life. My family and friends began noticing how unmotivated I was. I started cancelling plans to do an extra project, missed birthdays to work overtime, and along the way, lost the person I was.
I was unhappy at work and that melancholy followed its way into my life. I wasn’t just miserable at work- I was unhappy everywhere. The mundanity had seeped itself into my personal life. It was then I realised I needed to make changes.
My initial thought was to leave the job and find something more rewarding. But I decided to make some changes. I started making new friends at work, engaging in stirring conversations, and sometimes, indulging in harmless pranks and jokes. I took effort to know my colleagues so that we could share a better bond at and beyond work. I started to look at my otherwise mundane work differently by asking myself if there was anything I could do differently than what was required of me. My life slowly improved and I was content again. The quality of my work increased and so did the quality of my life.
If you’re unhappy at your workplace, ask yourself why. What about your workplace makes you discontent? The solutions don’t present themselves in an instant but take a breather and try solving them. Ask your close friends and family for their thoughts and views. Keep an open mind and have candid discussions with your bestie at work.
All you need to remember is your happiness at work, invariably, affects the happiness in your life. So instead of just sustaining the happiness in your life, begin a journey to maintain contentment at work too.