How was your working week? Stressy? Unfulfilling? Seemingly Goaless? Don’t worry if any of those responses ring bells with you. According to Gallup’s 2012 State of the Global Workplace research only 13% of employees are engaged by their work. That suggests the bulk of workers around the world are unhappy with their employment, to some extent. There is action you can take to change your situation.
About a week ago I spent a day out with friends in the 30 and 40 something age range. This social time included setting the world to rights over a meal. Enjoying a relaxed, supportive afternoon with people who are socially engaged set me thinking. I reckon it doesn’t take very much action to become more connected to good people and therefore a little happier.
Research about actions you can take to become happier
It turns out that research conducted by Colby College Professor Christopher Soto, discussed in the Wall Street Journal by Elizabeth Bernstein shows that as we age we become more agreeable and better connected.
Apparently there are 5 psychological domains* which help shape about half of our personality (the other half comes from our biological make up, although Dr Dean Ornish suggests in a TED Talk that your genes are not your fate).
5 Personality Domains Discussed Professor Soto’s research
We can choose an area from the following domains and set an improvement goal for ourselves within that area (I’ve worked on goals in the final domain for instance, so I can confirm that spending time with your friends, works wonders).
Your 1 Question Leading To Happiness
Here’s your 1 question: which of these domains will you dip into during the next few days to identify your spring happiness goal? That is your first step toward selecting the most obvious action to take, to move you toward the life you deserve at work and beyond the 9 to 5.
More About A Happy State
If you want a quick pick-me-up before diving deep into goal setting you can always clap along with Pharrell Williams whose song ‘Happy’ puts a smile on my face. To learn more about the connection that song has made with people across the United States and around the globe try this short excerpt from an interview Oprah conducted with Mr Williams recently.