Whether you are working at a paid job, volunteering, running a household or thinking of yourself retired, happiness at “work” is an inside job. In other words, our happiness in our daily activities resides in how we think about it. My blog today, written for the October 21, 2016 edition of The Republic in Columbus, Indiana, focuses on three ways to bring more joy your daily work, including the story of one dishwasher’s spiritual solution to a dead-end job. I hope you enjoy it!
You stare at the computer screen.
You quietly check your Facebook news feed.
You daydream about that next vacation.
Most of us have known that I’d-rather-be-anywhere-but-work feeling.
Even though employee wellness and happiness are a greater focus than ever for many companies, a recent Gallup Poll finds that more than 20 percent of employees in North America and Europe are actively disengaged from their jobs.
This apathy, reports Gallup, is also costing the U.S. economy $550 billion a year.
“What if the greatest threat to capitalism,” asked William Davies in a recent Atlantic article, “is simply lack of enthusiasm and activity?”
And, he warns that boredom at work shows up as chronic health problems.
So, what do all these apathetic workers need?
More vacations? Bigger offices?
Most studies indicate that such perks are a temporary boost to on-the-job engagement. They don’t permanently relieve the boredom, stress and depression which some studies indicate can lead to a variety of health issues.
What could permanently conquer employment doldrums?
There’s really only one thing that will do that — a change in how you view things. Sounds easy, but what would that mental change look like in practice?
Here are three tips for greater happiness from and better health on the job: