We’ve all heard the saying, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Yet, most people find work unfulfilling. According Gallup’s “State of The Global Workplace” report, more than half of the employees surveyed say they’re not engaged in their work.
That’s an alarming statistic. We spend so much time at work, which means many people are spending countless hours of their lives in misery. How can we turn this around?
Studies show having a sense of purpose at work leads to personal fulfillment. But, for most people, the realities of paying the rent, or eating, or putting gas in the tank sometimes trumps fulfillment.
Over the course of my own career (especially in the beginning) I’ve grappled with ideals like purpose, fulfillment and happiness -- and how compatible (or incompatible) those ideals are with financial security. Especially since I live in New York City, where at times I barely made my rent after eating ramen noodles for days on end.
But prioritizing a sense of security doesn’t have to equal misery. Small things can help you be happier at work. It comes down to choices, and you really can choose happiness. The Huffington Post has partnered with the career experts at The Daily Muse to lead the way, putting together a five-day lesson plan on how to be “Happier At Work.”
At HuffPost, we focus on something called “The Third Metric,” which seeks to redefine success beyond money and power. We want to introduce a third metric to success that includes well-being, wisdom and wonder. We explore happiness as part of this initiative -- especially happiness at work. For many, career success means working harder, longer, and faster -- which tends to lead to burnout, sleep deprivation, and driving ourselves into the ground. Not quite the picture of success and happiness we imagined.
Our lessons will teach you smart, research-backed strategies for how to re-think your daily grind, stop making yourself crazy, and be happier at work every day. You can register for free here.
Here is an overview of some of the tips and tricks we’ve put together for you.
Day 1: Is "Busy" Helping or Harming You? Sometimes, being busy feels good -- it makes us feel productive and important. But it can also hold us back from big-picture thinking and even happiness. Learn why it's so important to take a break and how to do it the right way.
Day 2: The Happiness Booster Sitting Next to You It's easy to separate your work and personal lives, but the truth is, having friends at the office can go a long way toward making you a happier (even better!) employee. Learn how to get to know people outside the office and why it's important to do it now.
Day 3: The Pursuit of (Im)perfection Do you know perfection is impossible, yet continue to strive for it anyway? It could be bringing you down, big time. In this class, we'll show you just how valuable a little imperfection can be.
Day 4: The Meaning of Your Work Even if you don't love your job, there are still ways to find meaning in it -- and get excited for it. We'll show you practical ways to find purpose at work.
Day 5: Happy Today, Happy Forever Here's a secret about happiness: You have more control over it than you think you do. In this last class, we'll show you small activities you can do every day that can make a big impact on your happiness.
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