Almost half of our day we spend at work, and even if we love our job, career or profession, the routine or the monotony often begins to create havoc in our lives. We become overworked, stressed out and fatigued. And it’s easy to feel unhappy and bitter, with the idea that there is always something better out on the horizon.
According to the World Health Organization, 60% of workers’ unproductiveness is due to poor management of stress. And the Gallup Poll shows that only 15% of people are happy in their workplace, which makes the personal level of commitment and motivation low, thus creating dwindling productivity.
These figures are a clear sign of the importance of happiness at work, an issue that is currently a growing concern for many companies. It wasn’t always this way. It used to be if your boss saw you being unhappy; he’d just tell you to “leave and find another job.” Thankfully, this has been changing over the years. The issue of happiness has not gone unnoticed in the business world. Employees are the backbone of all organizations and, as we all know, happy employees are more motivated, more productive and more engaged.
Two workers in a company can do the same work, have the same schedule and the same working conditions, but their experience can be entirely different. If one of them is passionate about what he does, he will feel happy and the time at work will pass quickly. He’ll do his best. He may not even want to leave when it’s time to check out. On the other hand, the employee who does not like what he does, or finds no value in what he does, will begin to feel dissatisfied and eventually unhappy. For this individual, the day will always be eternal. It is also likely that he will not do as good a job, always desperately waiting for the moment he can leave.
If you feel that you are in a job that is not right for you, the first thing to do is appreciate what you already have — think of all the things you might be thankful for with your job. This will change your energy immediately. Before going out and looking for another job, you must first start by working on yourself. You must find out who you are and what you are passionate about. What would you do even if you didn’t get paid? Knowing this will help you find out what works for you — what you really want to do with your life.
Then remember to: Let go of expectations and live in the present moment.
Happiness at work starts by accepting what we presently have and letting go of expectations. Expectations only generate anxiety and frustration, which leads you to live in the future. By appreciating what we have and not what we think we should have, we will begin to see that we are in the right and perfect place. Always. Trust and live in the present moment to the fullest, and you will see how easily abundance will come into your life.
Give thanks for the small and big things that you have — both for what you like and what you don’t like. Do this and more doors will open, and more opportunities will come into your life. But, again, you must appreciate what you have instead of concentrating on what you think you lack.
Start by noticing how unique you are. Be aware of your talents, strengths, limitations and flaws. Only in this way will you be able to cope with resilience and all the challenges and difficulties that arise — at work and in life.
The moment you discover your true self, let yourself be guided. Enjoy the present moment with gratitude and the universe will be your ally in effortlessly bringing you all that is good and right for your life.
Let go and trust.