How to Be Happy (or Miserable) at Work

businessman-in-hammockTo be consistently happier at work, examine and replace the beliefs that make you miserable. There’s no question that bad stuff happens. When a close friend or family member dies, it’s appropriate to feel grief. Similarly, good stuff happens. If you suddenly get an unexpected windfall, for example, it’s appropriate to feel stoked.

Most of the time, though, the stuff that happens isn’t dramatically positive or negative. It’s just stuff that happens. Whether you let that stuff make you happy or miserable is entirely dependent upon your beliefs.

Everybody has beliefs about what events mean to them. In most cases, however, people assume those beliefs reflect objective reality and are therefore immutable Laws of Nature.

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Geoffrey James

Geoffrey James

Geoffrey James, writes a daily column for Inc.com and is the author of the newly-published book Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know.

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