Today’s #MindfulMoment is about learning how to be happy at work.

A lot of conversations I have are about 9-5s and how unhappy some people are in their roles. We see companies like Google, Apple, Chick Fil A, and some of their employees seem SO happy and we desperately want that! We want to feel that excited about the work that we do each day.

Bad work environments, toxic company cultures, and terrible bosses can absolutely play a part in the stress you feel from your job, but, I’m going to let you in on a little secret about how you can achieve this level of happy regardless.

The secret is you.

The first step to “changing your happy” in any situation is to decide that you are going to be happy in that situation. Your happiness is determined by what’s on the inside, not the outside. So focus less on the things you can’t control, and focus more on what you can – which is you.

I can remember not long ago when I was SO over my full time job. Honestly, everything about it seemed terrible at the time. But, I had to make up my mind that it wasn’t that bad. I started focusing on the good that my job helped provide me with – rent, food, tons of life lessons. Almost instantly, I started to feel better towards the work I did on my 9-5.

The other difference was that I have things outside my 9-5 that are fulfilling. If you’re just working your job and going home to complain about it, well, it makes sense why your days seem a little gloomy. But, if you can find something that allows you a sense of fulfillment and purpose to life – it will lift the pressure off of your 9-5. You won’t be waiting on your job to deliver a sense of purpose.

I’ve met janitors and call center reps who love their jobs more than some people I know bringing in suuuuper decent salaries under their fancy titles. So let me tell you this, money won’t solve all your problems either. Again, your happiness starts with YOU!

Your happiness on the job does not depend on the work that you do but the way you choose to feel about the work that you do! A great start to feeling good about the work that you do is to fill yourself up with a sense of passion and purpose. Naturally, when you feel good about who you are and the things that you do (both inside and outside of work), that will spill over into your 9-5. Or divinely deliver an exit strategy for you.

If you don’t know what your passion/purpose is – that’s perfectly fine too. Just start doing things that you enjoy, this will naturally lead you to your purpose. Once you start tapping into things you love, it’s like you become a magnet – more things come to you that you enjoy, better circumstances arise, and better people surround you. Doing things with a sense of passion cause happiness to come running towards you.

Make a conscious decision to be happy where you are, and like a magnet – more happy will come. It’s the law.

Create an amazing work week <3