Happiness at work

We asked 6 inspirational TED speakers and authors for 1 tip to increase happiness at work

How can you increase happiness on the job?

We decided to ask several inspirational authors, professors and TED speakers, for a personal tip on how they think happiness can improve in the workplace. Is there a secret? Find out in our Habit Magazine dedicated to Happiness at work!

Adam Grant

Wharton professor, New York Times bestselling author of GIVE AND TAKE and ORIGINALS.

“If you want to become happier at work, don’t wait for your boss to do something about it. Look for a way to reinvent your own job. Use a skill or strength you aren’t leveraging, ask around about new side projects, figure out how something you love doing might help your team.”

Charles Duhigg

Pulitzer prize-winning reporter at the New York Times and best-selling author of Smarter Faster Better.

“In term of happiness in the workplace, I think it’s perhaps most important to set realistic expectations for yourself. Overloading one’s plate is a guaranteed recipe for disaster. Carefully examine what you have to do, and remember to take breaks – give your brain a rest every once in a while.”

Rubin Gretchen

American author (The Happiness Project, Better than Before), blogger and speaker.

“Make a friend at work. Friendship is a key – perhaps the key – to a happy life, and it’s important to feel a close connection to at least one person who’s part of your work life.”

Emma Seppala

Emma Seppala, PhD, is science director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, and a frequent contributor to Psychology Today, Harvard Business Review, and the Washington Post.

“Be kind.”

Neil Pasricha

Neil Pasricha is a Canadian author, entrepreneur, and public speaker characterized by his advocacy of positivity and simple pleasures.

Happiness tip for Sarah (Owner Cutesolutions)?

“If you’re Sarah, trust your gut. You already know what to do.”

For everyone else?

“Make sure you have the 4 S’s in your workplace: Social (friends you like), Structure (a reason to get up), Stimulation (always learning), and Story (being part of something bigger than yourself).

Daniel Gilbert

Daniel Todd Gilbert is an American social psychologist and writer. He is the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.

“Find someone at your level or at a lower level who deserves a compliment, and then send them a note telling them how much you appreciate what they do and how well they do it. At least two people will be happier.”

What have you done today to increase happiness on the job? Have a happiness tip you want to share? Please leave your tip in the comment section below!

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