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How To Be Happier At Work

officewomanFor many, work is the last place they would expect to find happiness, however it can be done.

Studies have found that people who are happier at work have an overall better quality of life than people who are always frustrated because of their work. So how do you be happy at work?

Firstly, and most importantly, you need to choose to be happy. Happiness is a choice.

Start by thinking positively about your work. Try avoiding the negative aspects of the office like gossips and backstabbing colleagues. Find colleagues who you get along with and who share similar interests to you.

“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

~ Albert Einstein

Next, don’t be stuck in a rut at your work. You need to take charge of your own professional development. You may not be able to grow or learn as much as your want from your current job. However, this doesn’t mean that you will not be able to grow professionally. Make specific plans about what you want to achieve and how you will go about achieving it.

Then, you could ask for feedback from … Read more

4 reasons it is actually OK to “quit”

776289_63849363I recently attended a talk given by a coach. During her talk she mentioned how much reading she does. As reading is something that is strongly advocated within the coaching community, this was not a surprise to me. What did surprise me however, was the variety of topics she read books on.

I was inspired to start reading a broader varity of books as typically I read books related to personal development and “treat” myself to a fiction book when I go on holiday.

“Reading is to the mind is what exercise is to the body.” ~ Joseph Addison

The day after the talk, I went to my bookshelf and picked up an unread book on Buddhism. The religion has always interested me, in particular their views on how to live a happy life.

After a few days of reading the book, I found I was really struggling. At first I persevered as I thought I could possibly be looking for a way out of my commitment to start reading more but after a few days it dawned on me that what I was actually struggling with was the language and style used in the book.

Initially I gave myself … Read more

3 Simple Ways to Rediscover Your Dormant Skills

3 simple ways to rediscover your dormant skills

 

When considering a career change one of the first things people think about is what skills they have (or don’t have).

Most people will think about their skills in the context of the job they currently do, perhaps the skills they used in a previous job and possibly skills used in a hobby.

Too often, people overlook skills they may have used years ago or that they only occasionally have the opportunity to use .

Taking the time to consider all of your skills will create more options for a career change.

Think about hobbies you have pursued in the past, activities you have been involved in, all of the jobs you have done – yes, even the paper round or first Saturday job you had. Additionally, consider tasks you do at home and in your everyday life.

Are you the person in your house that carries out all of the DIY jobs and gets to work on the flat-packs after a day trip to Ikea?

If so, it could be that you are a logical person who is able to follow instructions (seriously it’s a skill to follow those flat-pack instructions, and figure out which bits were not … Read more