These 3 Tasks May Help You Love Your Job
Source: Manage Your Emotional Culture
Many of us live for Friday, that coveted day that indicates the weekend is on its way. This attitude exists because only 13 percent of us enjoy the time we spend at work, according to a Gallup poll. But have you ever thought how much better your experience at work and in your life would be if you enjoyed more of the time where you spend it most during the week?
Negative thoughts are easy to come by; it’s the positive ones that are harder to instill. That sounds counterintuitive, but that’s how many of our brains are wired. In an effort to enjoy more of your time at work, try these three simple tasks:
- Start doing 5 minutes of a mindfulness practice – Take 5 minutes just to sit in silence and focus on your breathing. When thoughts start to wander, bring your focus back to your breath. In as little as 30 days this practice can build the part of your brain associated with attention, emotion regulation, and decision-making.
- Reflect on 3 good things – Being grateful and showing gratitude is one of the keys to changing your attitude. Although your current job may not be your dream job, you can be grateful that you have a place to work and a source of income. Try writing 3 things you’re grateful for at work.
- Be kind to others – Take some time and analyze your company’s emotional culture; are people joyful, loving or fearful? Be a change agent in your environment; extend an act of kindness to someone who needs it. Research shows that people can “catch” feelings through behavioral mimicking. So just by doing a good deed for someone else, you can set off a chain of good deeds that may help change the emotional culture of your workplace.
Let us know how these positivity tasks work for you.
This article covers three pillars of the Living Happier at Work program, mindfulness, kindness, and generosity.