Why you should not try to be happy at work


By The Anand Market  

Work and happiness 

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While there are a lot of efforts and writings about being happy at work, many studies have shown that employees are. 

Are you happy? 

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According to Gallup statistics, 85% of employees aren’t engaged, few know how to attain  happiness. 

But workplace is important 

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However, the average person spends 90,000 hours at work in his lifetime, so it is important how to feel a bit better, even if you can't attain happiness. 

The catch 

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According to Harvard Business Review, the magazine wing of Harvard University, there's a catch to being satisfied at work. 

Your goals 

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If you set happiness as your primary goal at work, you may end up feeling sad. "This is because happiness (like all emotions) is a fleeting state, not a permanent one," the magazine said. 

What to do then? 

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As per the magazine, an alternative to being happy is to set meaning as your vocational goal. Making your work meaningful boosts productivity, engagement, and performance. 

Meaning at work 

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Many studies over the years have shown that increased sense of meaningfulness at work had given way to increased job satisfaction. 

Happiness vs meaningfulness 

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Happiness and meaning may sound similar, but are subtly different. For example, while happiness focuses on the present, meaning takes into consideration the past, present and future. 

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