Happiness at work

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

Happiness at work quotes

For our last Magazine dedicated to happiness at work, 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 happiness secret?

Happiness coaching tips

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 and 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 and the Power of Habit.

“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, author of The Happiness Track.

“Be kind.”

Neil Pasricha

Neil Pasricha is a Canadian author (The Happiness Equation), 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 (Stumbling on Happiness). 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.”

Visit and read the happiness magazine. What have you done today to increase happiness at work? Have a happiness tip you want to share? Please leave your tip in the comment section below!

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4 comments

  1. Be a force of positivity and avoid complaining–what can you do and how can you focus others to create a solution to the problem? Happiness at work is challenged when team members lose sight of the goal by expending energy on trivial issues.

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