Are you happy at your work place? Or does it seem intolerable and perhaps inescapable? Are you content with your life at home? Most people are indifferent towards their work or believe that one cannot derive pleasure from work and one can be moderately happy at home. However, research shows that how one feels about something such as their job or work place is influenced by how one thinks about it.

Researchers have also found that happiness at work positively correlate with quality of life. People who enjoy their job and think positively tend to be happy, feel good and are satisfied with their life as compared to people who are overwhelmed and frustrated with their duties and work. Moreover, one’s harmonious home and inspiring family is the haven where happiness dwells. One can get immense pleasure, satisfaction and comfort from it. Family is the utmost source of motivation and strength.

Although, previous research has revealed a positive link between happiness and success at your job, traditionally happiness is seen a byproduct of success at job. Boehm and Lyubomirsky (2009) stated that besides all other reasons happiness is the pathway to achievement in the workplace. Thus, it can be inferred that happiness and success are interlinked. Evidence reveals that happy people are more likely to earn bonuses at their jobs, fame in practical life and flourish in the world. They spend time with their families, enjoy their lives, help others and live healthy and meaning full lives.

People who are socially interactive endeavor to get more gratification out of their lives, become engaged in their work and put the maximum amount of time and effort to overcome barriers to their goals. They do well in their job and home and thus possess more meaningful lives.

A theory states that an individual’s contentment and happiness with his job and home is determined by the company of the colleagues and relationship with family members respectively. A growing body of research also depicts the results that support this theory. It was found in a study that high performing workers were more burnt out and unhappy. This is attributed to under involvement with their colleagues and perhaps being overwhelmed with their performance and job status. Thus, it can be inferred that only achievement and success do not measure happiness. In fact, apart from being diligent, family time, friend’s time and other significant activities are also equally important and are true source of happiness.

Likewise a good home, close supportive relationships with parents, siblings, spouse and children are essential to a happy life. It enhances the subjective well being and sense of contentment of oneself as well as significant others. Even though personality traits and circumstances differ from individual to individual, there are certain pathways to increase happiness at work and home.

The most important intervention to nurture happiness is changing negative thinking patterns, cognitive errors and maladaptive assumptions to more rational, productive and healthy thoughts. The more an individual can think positively about his work and home, the better and happier he will feel. Secondly, positive interactions with colleagues, the boss and other workers also keep people mentally strong and physically fit. Having lunch with colleagues, getting their feedback regarding your job performance and even learning from their suggestions or negative evaluation, lets a person to grow and live a healthier life.

With persistent effort at work, try to focus on the positive aspects of the day while forgiving and letting go of the negative notes. Even in house too, positive interaction with family members, taking the start of the day on a positive note, having dinner together, working as a team and planning a vacation strengthens bonding and increases happiness.

Many people encounter stress at home and suffer from issues such as clashes, divorce and possibly even domestic violence. Everyone seems to be busy with their own life activities and seldom give the proper time and attention to spouses and children. Therefore listening, compromising, and an understanding attitude generates an environment of happiness, trust and comfort. Giving time to your spouse and solving the problems of your children are essentials to a happy life. Without family, life is incomplete as they are ultimate source of happiness.


Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Big U Academy, , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Lifestyle Academy. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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