• Jackie Capers-Brown

8 Ways to Improve Your Job Satisfaction

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you o. Attitude determines how well you do it.

Research shows our thoughts become our biochemistry as they flood our thoughts with upper and downer hormones. Two University of Pittsburgh psychologists, counted the ratio of good and bad thoughts in depressed and happy people. Depressed people have one bad thought for every good one; non-depressed people have two good thoughts for one bad thought.

In The Feeling Good Handbook, David D. Burns, M.D. writes, "The more we learn to counteract the negativity in our minds the more happiness we'll find room to bloom in our hearts." A happy person it turns out is not a person with a set of ideal circumstances, but rather a person who possess a certain set of attitudes towards life.

8 Ways to Improve Your Job Satisfaction

1. Get Out of Yourself: Choose to be generous towards the people that you work with everyday. Being good to someone makes you feel good. Practice random acts of kindness towards your boss and co-workers on a daily basis. Kindness fuels positive emotions that can serve as the catalyst that will spark the positive change that you desire to see on your job.

2. Practice the Duty of Delight: Relish your talents by sharing them with others to help them succeed in the workplace. The sharing of what you know has a way of challenging you to stretch yourself to know more and do more so that you have more to share with others. This will increase your ability to developing supportive relationships and build influence.

3. Engage in Aerobic Exercise: Numerous studies show how aerobic exercise is a great mood elevator. Get outside on a regular basis and take a brisk walk for 10 minutes. Ask a co-worker to join you. It can do wonders for helping you maintain a calm composure and clarity of focus, especially on your most challenging days. This small act will help you feel better and make it easier for others to approach and work with you on the job.

4. Be On the Lookout for Good: Make a point of recognizing the good in your workplace. There's always going to be individuals who focus their attention only on the not-so-good workplace experiences. You can standout by magnifying the positive things that's happening in the workplace. Specific praise of other people's work encourages their heart and inspires them to do the same towards you and others in the workplace. This action helps to set in motion the ripple effect of positivity within your work group and organization.

5. Find Your Tribe: Workplaces are very social environments. The individuals on your job possess many talents and interests. By reaching out to others and getting to know them, you can begin to identify those with similar ideas and aspirations as you. Creating a support network on the job continues to be a crucial factor in the sustainable success of highly successful people.

6. Stretch Yourself: Increasing your capacity to utilize and grow your talents in ways that contribute value to the success of your organization expands your sense of “knowing” that your work is making a difference. This is important to feeling a sense of purpose and satisfaction from the efforts that you are exhibiting on your job.

7. Practice Gratefulness: Neuroscientists have proven that every time we appreciate something, we flood our bodies with endorphins, which produce a sense of wellbeing. As the Old Irish proverb states, "Count your joys instead of your woes. Count your friends instead of your foes." I find that by telling people on a regular basis that "I appreciate you" or “I appreciate something specific that they have done" helps me to nurture positive and supportive relationships.

8. Expand Your Notion of Work: Aristotle believed that a happy life was to be found in creating genuine friendships. You will spend a great deal of your time and life energy working. I think it's smart of you to enjoy it as much as possible. A positive attitude towards your job reduces bad stress, adds to your well being and can better position you for advancement opportunities.

Be the Change You Want to See

Everything on your job is not going to be the way that you hope, pray or plan. You are going to experience unexpected challenges and change. This is inevitable. You have the freedom to choose your attitude toward the circumstances that you face on the job. You can choose a way of thinking that helps to solve problems and increase the success of your work group or you can choose a way of thinking that becomes a problem to your co-workers and bosses. You have the power to choose your workplace attitude and in doing so you will either increase or decrease your happiness and success on the job.

Begin to wake up each day with the meaningful intention to contribute your ideas, knowledge, skills and experience towards the betterment of your team and organization. It doesn't have to be the job that you want more than anything; it can be the job that you're doing right now as you prepare to do better.

Doing your best where you are is crucial to you developing a commitment to personal excellence that can position you for opportunities that you cannot imagine.The important thing is that you don't allow this time in your life to pass and you fail to make the most out of the here and now. If you choose to do this you will discover as I did, and millions of others have realized, happiness on the job is based on choices and not circumstances.

You have the power to be a catalyst for creating a great workplace environment. It is my hope that your intention to be the positive change you want to experience in your workplace becomes like a contagion and everyone that you come in contact with becomes infected and it spreads throughout your workplace environment.

It's Your Move. Aspire Higher.

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