How can you be happy at work?

Cómo ser feliz en el trabajo.


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Currently, to have a continual job load that allows you to be economically independent makes you very fortunate and it's something that is very important in order to feel a sense of personal autonomy, despite not being essential or sufficient for obtaining complete happiness.

Despite the common complaints that surround the necessity to work in order to live, we are going to look at the positive aspects of work.

In order for a person to be happy they should be happy with themselves; be as independent as they can at an economic, functional and emotional level in order to completely accept themselves and consequently be able to communicate well with others in any situation.

We must differentiate between value and cost in any situation, of course also in our working lives. As a consequence "I don't feel happier because of what I have, I feel happier because of who I am", and "it's not better to have more, it's better to need less."

Strategies for happiness when working

After accepting the supposed regularity of working in order to independently maintain ourselves economically, we can continue thinking about how to obtain happiness at work, whatever our job.

In life, things aren't always worth the same. They depend on certain conditions, and, especially on our personal attitude towards the particular situation experienced through our own personal assessment.

We see happy people in lesser valued jobs within society and unhappy people in occupations socially renowned for their prestige and profitable economy.

This shows that our own attitude towards work is the determining factor for our personal satisfaction, even when it's not necessarily the profession we'd like to be in.

Creative, positive attitude

Happy people within their jobs are those that invest their creativity and efforts into continual improvement whatever the job they carry out, whether temporary or permanent.

If they don't do what they most aspire to, they enjoy what they do and maintain their desire to improve professionally and economically, this makes them happy while they work even if their occupation is basic and its conditions precarious.

They do even the most basic work with creativity and a positive attitude, be it cleaning streets or handing out leaflets, they can always incorporate new elements no matter how simple the task, and with a positive attitude they dignify their own work.

Even in unfavourable circumstances: jobs with low social value, a bad working atmosphere, adverse working conditions, economic insufficiency, inappropriate leadership and an overload of work, a positive attitude of self-motivation makes it possible to withstand.

We remember how the admirable attitude of Nelson Mandela who even while in prison, without freedom, managed to maintain his dignity and personal integrity thanks to his great personal resilience.

Some positive contributions

Each person is responsible for their own happiness.

Don't blame others for things you don't do for yourself.

Be happy for what you have and don't worry about what you lack.

Make sure to be friendly and respectful towards others.

Work should never be the most important thing.

Consider learning something new every day.

Try to improve every day.

Distinguish between time for work and personal, private life.

Be realistic without assuming that the lesser realistic objectives are unachievable.

Don't compare yourself to other people, only to yourself, so as to avoid falling into conformism and perfectionism.

Be positive and always have a proactive, creative and intensive attitude.


Fernando Gálligo Estévez is a psychologist. He has completed 'Cursos de Doctorado en Psicología' (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), a Masters in 'Recursos Humanos' (Universidad de Sevilla), a Masters in 'Sexología' (Sociedad Sexológica Malagueña) and 'Experto Universitario' in 'Género e Igualdad de Oportunidades' (Universidad de Málaga). Since the 1st January 2000 he has worked as a psychologist for the 'Instituto Andaluz de la Mujer' in Málaga. He is a university and professional professor of 'Administraciones Públicas y empresas privadas'. He has published the books "SOS...Mi chico me pega pero yo le quiero" 2ª ed. marzo 2013 (editorial Pirámide), "Amando sin dolor, disfrutar amando" 1ª ed. mayo 2013 (editorial Pirámide) and the monographs "Trátame bien" (Junta de Andalucía) and "Ámame bien" (Universidad de Alicante). He often writes articles and collaborates with the press, radio and television at a national level.

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