Make Work Your Happy Place

How to Make Work Your Happy Place

You’ll spend about 35% of your waking hours at work, during your career. Since you’re going to spend that much time at work, make sure you’re happy while you’re there.

Make work your happy place by helping shape your company’s culture to make it warm and inviting.

Your company’s culture is your company’s personality – values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors shared by you and your coworkers. A company’s culture is mostly influenced by the founders and leaders, but you and your coworkers all bring your own life experiences to the table and can help fine-tune the culture to create a workplace you actually enjoy going to.

You can use the following suggestions to make work your happy place:

Make Your Space Fun and Comfortable

Make your space your own by making it more fun and comfortable. Surround yourself with things that make you smile, so you’ll have a pick-me-up when your job gets tough. Bring in your favorite pictures or keepsakes from your vacations to bring a smile to your face throughout the day.

Spend Time with People Who Make You Happy

No matter what your work place is like, there’s probably at least one “Negative Nancy.” Avoid those people as much as possible because they’ll just bring you down. Instead, find ways to spend time with coworkers who make you smile.

Be Positive

When you feel like you have too much on your plate, it’s hard to stay positive. Put a jar on your desk and write down every time something good happens at work, no matter how small. This helps you focus on the positives, even when your coworkers are complaining. Your positivity will be infectious and, soon, all your coworkers will be happier, too.

Make Friends

Make friends with your coworkers. Being friends with your coworkers breaks up your day and gives you something to look forward to, especially when you feel like you’re drowning in your work.

Don’t Work When You’re at Home

It might seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day, so you should bring your work home with you to finish a project. Instead, try to leave your work at work. Create boundaries so that your house is a work-free zone and you can come back to work refreshed and ready to go.

If you work from home, create a designated home office so that at the end of the workday, you can close the door and leave work behind.

Perform Random Acts of Kindness

People who experience kindness throughout the day are likely to pass it along to someone else. Be the person who starts the chain of kindness. Commit one small act of kindness a week – like telling your boss about a coworker’s stellar performance, offering to help with a project, or bringing a coworker their favorite coffee.

Believe in the Company

Your company’s founders and leaders have a vision for the future and goals to help the company get there. Create goals for yourself that align with the company’s goals. You’ll always have something to work toward, and you’ll feel good knowing you’re actively contributing to the success of your company.