"We have two choices at all times: Do we see our situation as a combination of flaws to fix, or as a never-ending invitation to celebrate beauty?” – Jackie Viramontez
When You’re Feeling Like Eeyore
Your work life probably isn't all rainbows and sunshine, but if it's mostly doom and gloom, then it might be time for a change of perspective. Try these tips to flip the narrative on your work life:
Manage your expectations. This is often easier said than done, but thinking projects through to the end with all possible outcomes can help you manage when things don't go exactly as planned. And let's be honest, things rarely go exactly as planned. Learning to ride the wave is important. Enjoy the small, good moments along the way.
Help others. If you're feeling down and out about what's happening in your own little bubble, it may be because you're solely focused on your limited world view. Take something off a colleague's plate, bring a coffee to your cube mate, or just simply ask your coworker how they are and wait for their response. Brightening someone else's day can ignite a spark in you to enjoy yours a little more.
Be thankful. A study from University of Pennsylvania found that regularly practicing gratitude resulted in a 25% increase in happiness and that keeping a gratitude journal for as little as three weeks resulted in more energy and a better night's sleep. Try writing down five things at the end of everyday that you're thankful for (these can be as big or as small as you'd like). Watch your perspective flip.