How to Master Happiness at Work in 5 Simple Steps

In our society, work is seldom associated with happiness. A recent study shows that only 13% of people are happily engaged at work. Every organisation needs employees who are happy at work and have a great sense of job satisfaction. Happy people are more motivated, energised and productive than unhappy employees. Sometimes, happiness at work can be hard to find because a large part of our happiness is determined by our genetics, how we were brought up and our current beliefs, while the rest is left to us as individuals to make up for. Moreover, most happy people have high emotional intelligence (EQ).

Here are a five things you can borrow from emotionally intelligent people about mastering happiness at work:

1.) You are in charge of your own happiness

Every unhappy person has a choice to either quit their current job or to make the most of their current job. However, whichever choice you opt for, your happiness depends on you. The underlying factor in your current job or your previous job is you. You may get a new job and still find yourself unhappy because ultimately it is up to you to define your own happiness.

2.) Don’t compare yourself

There are people at your workplace who are always happy and things seem to be going well for them all the time. Other times, there are people who have it worse than you and you can be tempted to derive a sense of pleasure from comparing yourself to them. In such a situation, you need to realise that by choosing to compare yourself, you are no longer the master of your own happiness. When you have accomplished a goal that makes you excited about yourself, do not allow anyone to take that away from you. People will always react, whether you do something good or bad. They will always have an opinion and you can’t always change those opinions. Let your self-worth come from within regardless of what other people think.

3.) Reward yourself

You have heard of the proverb that says, all work with no play makes Jack a dull boy. It is detrimental to work hard at your job and fail to send some time away from your office to relax. It is proven that the right rewards make people happier, more productive and more accurate in their work. Self-induced rewards can have the same effect as those given by others. They activate the pleasure pathway in your brain and release dopamine, the happiness hormone. Rewards can be as simple as taking a walk in the park or treating yourself you a healthy treat.  

4.) Don’t judge and gossip

Workplace politics will always drain your energy and happiness at work. It may feel good to gossip about your colleagues at the time and be interested in everything that is going wrong in their lives. However, afterwards a feeling of guilt sweeps over you. It always creates a negative vibe in the workplace. You wouldn’t like people discussing you behind your back, so you shouldn’t talk about others either. It’s simple: What goes around, comes around.

5.) Stay true to yourself

Never cross your moral boundaries in the name of success. It is a sure way to unhappiness and stress. Don’t violate your personal values and standards. Stand your ground. In times of confusion, take some time to review your values and make decisions that feel right. Deep inside, you already know what’s right for you. Trust your intuition.


We hope these points will help you make better decisions at work and to increase your job satisfaction. It is important that you learn to always seek to find your own happiness in your job because it will keep you motivated to go to work every day. A happy person is a productive person, which in turn leads to more happiness and fulfillment.

Employment First Aid is a FREE service to help young people like you stay in work by giving you the necessary skills and tools you need to do your best work, communicate better and be happier at work. If you would like to learn more or even just want to have a chat about some challenges you’re facing at work, we’d love to hear from you! You can chat with us on Facebook Messenger, send us an email or simply give us a call anytime on 1800 118 008.

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