Use Your Time Off

(Can’t see the video? Then try watching it at Work Happy Now) Your time off from work is probably underutilized. You may use it to run errands or tie up loose ends, but you should be using it for your mental and physical health. A stressed out you won't be happy and productive at work if you aren't in a ...

Does Your Company Need an Extreme Makeover?

You probably already know if your company needs to change its culture. You can feel it in your gut. So why don’t companies take steps to improve when it’s clear that change is needed? Instead, most companies keep going along with the same techniques year after year, ultimatly, making the company culture worse. There are only so many times a person ...

Feeling Comfortable in Your Skin

(Can’t see the video? Then try watching it at Work Happy Now) I've repeatedly made the mistake of letting one problem bring me down. There are always 1,000 other things we can focus on. Enjoying a difficult relationship at work is not easy, but when you are able to break down your happiness into smaller pieces, you will realize that one ...

Why Don’t People Laugh at Work?

This is a guest post from Drew Tarvin When I first started in the corporate world, I didn't realize how little my fellow employees laughed.  It wasn't until I started doing corporate stand-up gigs that I noticed the distinct lack of chuckles, giggles, and guffaws in the workplace.  The question is, why is laughter missing? Stand-Up or Sit Down After my ...

Have Fun and Be Weird

(Can’t see the video? Then click here and try watching it at Work Happy Now) Too many of us get caught up in what our co-workers think of us, instead of letting loose and being a little weird. Zappos has ten values in place, one of which is "Create fun and be a little weird." Otherwise you'll be a tight, stressed ...

How do I make my people happy?

So you want an atmosphere that encourages great work? Don’t we all. Most bosses and managers talk a good game, but they don’t create a plan to make it happen. Almost every CEO I worked for always talked about the importance of their people, but their actions did not coincide with their words. They were always more worried about the ...

Results are Only 1% of the Story

(Can’t see the video? Then click here and try watching it at Work Happy Now) There is so much more to a project than just the results. If you play a game to win then you are setting yourself up for emotional pain. If you play to enjoy the game and you win in the process then you are creating emotional ...

The Target in the Bull(y)’s Eye

* This is a guest post from a reader who wishes to remain anonymous. I used to be really happy at work and looked forward to going into my office every day.  Most of the projects I worked on were challenging-in a good way-and engaged my interest and curiosity, I had a great bunch of colleagues, and we were even ...

The Effects of Fast Food

(Can't see the video? Then click here and try watching it at Work Happy Now) Fast food is a energy killer.  I feel grumpy and lethargic after I eat fast food. The salt, grease, and preservatives can bring even the strongest person down. Your ability to enjoy your job has a lot to do with what you put in your body. If ...