Happiness at Work: Maximizing Your Psychological Capital for Success

Happiness at Work by Jessica Pryce-Jones. Sharing the results of her four-year research journey in simple, jargon-free language, Pryce-Jones exposes the secrets of being happy at work.

  • Focuses on what happiness really means in a work context and why it matters to individuals and organizations in both human and financial terms
  • Equips readers with the information, knowledge and skills to make the most of the nearly 100,000 hours that they’ll spend at work over a lifetime
  • Demystifies psychological research through a fascinating array of  anecdotes, case studies, and interviews from people in the trenches of the working world, including business world-leaders, politicians, particle physicists, and philosophers, sheep farmers, waitresses, journalists, teachers, and lawyers, to name just a few

Pryce-Jones outlines the Five Keys to Happiness at Work

  • Contribution – the effort you make and your perception of it
  • Conviction – the motivation and resilience you have whatever the circumstances
  • Culture – how well you feel you fit
  • Commitment – knowing you’re there for the duration
  • Confidence – the level of self-belief you have

But how should you apply them?

  1. If you’re looking for a short-cut for how to get the most out of the 100,000 hours or so you’ll spend at work over the course of your life, here are my four top tips:
  2. Remember that happiness comes first. In other words your attitude and mindset are vital. Who wants to work around a miserable and unhappy person all day long? I’m sure you don’t. And if happiness comes first, it’s not about when/then thinking, for example ‘when I’ve got a promotion, then I’ll be happy.’ It’s the here and now that matters.
  3. Think about what really motivates you; is it feeling competent? Or connected to the people you work with? Perhaps it’s knowing you have choices, or most likely it’s a combination of all three. Figure out what works most for you and make sure you nurture that.
  4. Notice when you feel your best at work; what are you doing? What circumstances have to be in place for that to happen? How can you build this into your daily working situation?
  5. Remember that doing difficult things is how you grow and stretch your comfort zone. If you never do that you’ll shrink your confidence, so go for what’s difficult, not what’s safe and easy.