Finding Bliss at Work

IMG_0707One night, while as I was reading and answering my emails, I was struck with the question from one of the readers of this blog.

How do you find happiness at work?

That made me think for few minutes. I am blessed to have a work that I enjoy. I have a wonderful boss and the nicest officemates. That is a blessing that I am really grateful for. Then I started reflecting… Here are some of the things that I personally believe could contribute to a happy/blissful work atmosphere:

1. Have a good working relationship with your Boss and Officemates.

Whether you like it or not, you need to work closely with your boss and officemates. Hence, it would be important to have a good, happy, and healthy relationship with them. Respect them, be friendly and approacheable. Don’t be confine in your own world – interact with your officemates.

As for me, I eat my breakfast, lunch, and early dinner with my officemates. During those meal times, we share stories (both professional and personal) with one another. We spend time… 

2. Conduct yourself properly.

Nothing is more annoying than a bad-mouthed, noisy and unprofessional officemate – and you don’t want that person to be you! Practice the simple gestures of saying “Good morning / Good afternoon or Good evening”, “thank you”, “sorry”. Answer the phone properly. Appreciate your officemates. Organize your workspace.

These reminders are not just meant to preserve the sanity of your officemates but also for yourself. If you know how to conduct yourself properly, you will be respected and you’ll preserve your dignity at work.

3. Dress appropriately.

You need to wear comfortable yet appropriate clothes at work. If you are working in the office, please wear clothes for the office (not jogging pants, beach dress, shorts, etc.). You feel professional if you look professional.

4. Do your work.

Always remember that you are hired to do your work. You would not want your entire office to suffer because piles of documents are pending on your table. In order to have a good relationship with your boss and officemates, you need to do your work. At the same time, nothing is more fulfilling than to be paid for something that you worked hard for.

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5. Get out of the work routine occasionally.

During down time at work, try to read the news or an article that would broaden your knowledge.

At times, instead of having your lunch in the office, treat yourself to a nice and sumptuous lunch. Do something that would break the routine.

6. Have a life outside of work.

Improve yourself and have a life outside of work. Enjoy a new hobby or create your own blog. Attend events. One of the reasons why some people are being burnt out of work because they don’t have a life outside their work.

As for me, I blog during the weekends. I attend events and workshops, spend time with loved ones, cook, paint, or do arts and crafts. In that way, I could improve myself not just professionally but holistically.

7. Have a positive attitude.

Happiness is a choice. You could not find bliss if you are grumpy and carrier of negative vibes. Positive attitude attracts positive vibes. Try to see the silver-lining in every situation. Same as the old adage “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”, I would also say that “Happiness lies in the eyes of the beholder”. Two persons could see the same situation in a different manner. Choose happiness!

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How about you? What are the things that you do to find bliss at work? Share it at the comment section below. 🙂

3 Comments on Finding Bliss at Work

  1. Glaiza Villanueva-De Leon
    August 3, 2015 at 12:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing, I agree with everything you said! But what really worked for me are numbers 1, 6 and 7. Having a good relationship with colleagues makes working a lot easier and sometimes you don’t really need a grand team building to be closer to them. Mingling with them everyday during meal time or coffee break or even a little chat while working can make a difference. I also believe in having a balanced life and I have proven that pursuing passions outside work can cure office burnout. I look forward to baking cupcakes and traveling and I feel refreshed and ready to work again after these activities. And lastly, looking at the bright side – the most challenging, yet the most fulfilling one. Sometimes, the pile of work gets in the way and I forget to be grateful or to see any difficulty as an opportunity. When I feel so stressed at work, I just tell myself, “Wouldn’t it be great if I finish all the things in my to do list and have a peaceful weekend?” or “If I will not get out of my comfort zone, how will I grow?” and “Will I make God happy if I do my best at work?” 🙂

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    • cheerfuljourney
      August 4, 2015 at 3:26 am (4 years ago)

      Hello Glaiza! Thank you for your comment. I agree with what you said. Being pleasant towards our officemates makes our office-life a lot happier. I checked your blog and I sensed positivity and happiness! I think I’ll visit often 🙂

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  2. Marian Rodriguez
    August 27, 2015 at 7:17 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Audrey! This was a very helpful article. 🙂 #6 is an area I would like to improve on. Warm regards! 🙂

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