We’ve all heard it: in order to live a happy and fulfilled life you must love what you do. They say when you love your job, it hardly feels like a job. But the truth of the matter is, we live in an economy that doesn’t necessarily give us the freedom to love our jobs. Even if you’re doing exactly what you want to be doing career wise, you don’t always wake up happy every single morning eager to go to work, do you? We understand the wear and tear everyday life has on you, which is why we’ve came up with a few tips that will keep you smiling throughout work.
Replace “have to” with “get to”
Do you realize how many times you say “I have to (insert task here)” everyday? Your words are extremely powerful and when you use them optimistically you’re entire attitude changes. Go through one day replacing “I have to” with “I get to.” “I get to take the kids to school, I get to go to this important press conference, I get to make dinner tonight, etc.” The point is, you’re degrading yourself by thinking that these tasks are anything less than accomplishments. You’re lucky to have a job, to have kids that look up to you, a family to prepare a meal for, a boss that finds you capable enough to handle this month’s big project; be grateful.
When you hit every red light on the way to work, smile. When you get through all the paperwork on your desk and your boss hands you twice as much, smile. When your least favorite co-worker feels obligated to give you a detailed description of their dream last night, you guessed it: smile. As easy as it sounds and as hard as it may be, smiling is proven to make you happier (even if you’re faking it). Try it for a day!
‘Have a Good Day’ Goes a Long Way
Every single person you encounter is dealing with something you know nothing about, so be kind (even to that not-so-favorite co-worker of yours). Don’t simply say “have a nice day” to your office peers in passing; genuinely wish them well. And in turn, have a good day when someone wishes you one. Habitual sayings and routine conversations don’t have to be insincere. Small words of kindness can truly turn someone’s day around, and knowing you perked up someone else’s day might just brighten yours.
Know When to Call It Quits
We have a tendency to overwork ourselves. We put in hours at work then feel the need to bring our work home. On top of this, we have things to do outside of work such as go to the store, make dinner, get the kids to bed, clean the house, the mental to-do list seems unending. Go to work refreshed and focused so you can focus on your work and leave the office feeling accomplished.