For the X time, happiness is not about smiling

Our definition of happy isn’t very good

“Why aren’t you smiling? Aren’t you happy? Is there something wrong?”

What do you like about your job? If you’re not sure, try to think of a good day of work you had recently.

Being engaged at work isn’t as simple as “being happy”. It involves many factors around this concept. What can we do to make sure our imaginary great day takes place? Yup:

Face your demons

Let me speak to small audiences and I will entertain everybody and have lots of fun. But with big audiences, this is a different story. I get very nervous and anxious.

Share a treat with a coworker (A.K.A La Hora Gordita)

We might think interaction with coworkers outside our job tasks is something trivial and unimportant, but in the contrary: this kind of social behavior supports bonding and building better relationships between teams.

Don’t use a checklist. Instead think about accomplishments.

Checklists from hell become an endless source of things that need to be done. Instead of strictly following this list, focus on the continuous progress and you will feel satisfied about the results that are being achieved.

Stop the mechanical, boring routine.

In my case, I take care of my mood by starting my day exercising. At work, when I get a sense of weariness, I try to stir things up by changing the original order of tasks I had planned or use a different tool than the one I am accustomed to.

Master the ancient art of saying NO

There have been many times when someone has requested something from me at the worse time possible and my answer has been: “hmm, yeah, I am busy right now but sure, I will help you”.

Staying humble

Remember that no matter how good you are at what you do, you are not indispensable.

Real happiness comes from finding meaning in what you do.

Being happy at work means that I have a sense of purpose within my job. At the end, we are the ones with the responsibility and choice of #CodingOurOwnHappiness.

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