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Why Gratitude

She handed me a gift. It was my birthday. I opened it. It was portable speaker. The first thing I blurted out of my mouth was... "This isn't the one I wanted." As soon as I said it I regretted it. My wife, who found the gift for me, frowned. I felt like melting into the rug. Just disappearing. I ...

6 Paths to Work You Love This Year

If you’re in a job you can’t stand, you’ve probably said something like, “Is it just me? Do I need to just buckle down and make this work?” And the truth is that most Americans are unhappy at work. it’s not just you. If you’re having these thoughts, chances are the job isn’t that good for you. There’s a reason ...

Thank you for this wonderful year

I just want to take a moment to thank you for being a part of the Work Happy Now community. It means so much that you read the articles, share them with friends, and comment with new ideas. I'm grateful for all the time you spent trying to make your career happier. If every one of you can make your ...

10 Examples of How to Use Your Strengths at Work

An organization I work with recently brought in a consultant. At meetings he furiously types away at his keyboard. What gives? I record the minutes for the group. I’m the writer, remember? His summaries were for his own benefit. Still, we were both doing the same task. Could I be flexible enough to hand over this job? Heck, yeah. It’d ...

How to Get Better Feedback at Work

You walk down the hallway back to your desk, feeling a little bit tired. You're about to make the turn, but instead you go straight and you end up in your boss’s office. You ask him, “Do you have a minute?” He says yes and you sit down. He is probably thinking. Here it comes… Let the complaining begin. Instead ...

How to Stop Worrying About Mistakes at Work

I’m standing next to a powerful woman at this networking event. She introduces my friend and I to her friend. There is a slightly longer than usual pause and I rush to fill the empty space. “Oh and this is my friend Alfred.” “We already met,” Alfred says. “Oh, I’m sorry. You knew each other already.” “No. Mary just introduced ...

3 Unique Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills at Work

I am severely hearing impaired and it was not detected until I was 12 years old. So what do I know about communication and how can it help you get the most from your workday? Finding ways to communicate well was a daily challenge. I learned to read lips so well that I had deceived the education system, my teachers ...

What to Do When You Hate Your Job

Hating your job isn’t particularly uncommon. In fact, a Gallup study found that around 70% of workers find themselves “disengaged” from their job. Doing the same things day after day, while feeling you’re hardly making a difference in the world, can certainly contribute to a feeling of disengagement in the workplace. I was once that disengaged employee who hated my ...

How to Build Habits that Make You Happier

To often we bully ourselves to get things done or to do things that need to get done. Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever created a crazy to do list in the past month and got less than half done. You are setting yourself up for failure. You must strive, yes, but not wear yourself out, no. ...

How Being Creative at Home Makes You Happier at Work

Every night on my drive home from work, I make a mental list of things to do. Feed the dogs, make dinner, take a shower, make lunch for tomorrow. Once my work clothes are off and my pajamas on, I shoot through my nightly chores at a lightning pace. The quicker I complete my housework, the more time I have ...