Ask anyone what would make them like their job, and the first thing out of their mouths will be, “More money.” No, seriously — we’ve done studies. The problem is, research shows that more money — beyond a certain point — doesn’t actually equal more happiness. So what does?
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1. A better boss.
Bad managers are the number one reason why people quit their jobs, and no wonder: your boss has a huge influence on your day-to-day life, controlling everything from the money you make to the hours you work. Just ask anyone who’s ever worked for a yeller.
2. A flexible schedule.
No surprises, here: working parents, especially mothers, are happier if they can work part-time, have more time with their kids, or otherwise have a schedule that contributes to their work-life balance.
“Mindfulness practice has been linked to activating parts of the brain correlated with constructs of well-being such as happiness, joy and enhanced self-awareness,” writes Judy Martin at Forbes.
Meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace, says that mindfulness can make workers better at their jobs and happier in their personal lives.
Working out relieves stress and can improve your overall health, which will make you more productive at work and improve your perception of both your job and your life. You don’t necessarily need a gym membership to reap the benefits: even an occasional walk outside can improve your happiness.
5. Better organization.
Getting organized gives you real control over your surroundings, because you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for whenever you need it. It also might improve the impression your co-workers and boss have of you, which will contribute to making you happier and more successful at work.
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