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15 Ways to Be Happier at Work

Learn how to manage your own emotions and the emotions of those around you.
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Your happiness at work (as in life) is largely dependent upon how well you manage your own emotions and the emotions of those around you. To achieve this, you must cultivate your "street smarts," or "emotional intelligence," advises Rob Scher, president of the performance consulting firm, the Scher Group. Here's how:

1. Be Assertive

Express your feelings and thoughts with confidence but without needing to "win" the discussion.

2. Be Self-aware

Recognize and understand what you are feeling in any given situation and why you feel that way.

3. Be Empathic

Understand and appreciate the feelings of others, even when you feel quite differently.

4. Be Solution-focused

Rather than complain about problems, isolate them and generate an effective solution.

5. Be Appreciative

Allow yourself to enjoy your work, the presence of your colleagues and your job's ongoing challenges.

6. Be Both Proud and Humble

Realistically appreciate your strengths while accepting your inevitable limitations.

7. Be Growth-minded

Follow pursuits that lead to the development of your abilities and talents.

8. Be Independent

Let yourself be self-directed and self-controlled in your thinking and actions.

9. Be Kind

Nobody is truly happy if they're being mean to those around them.

10. Be Communicative

Foster and maintain emotional closeness through meaningful conversations.

11. Be Realistic

Differentiate between your emotional experience of reality and objective reality itself.

12. Be Flexible

Adjust your emotions and behavior to changing situations and conditions.

13. Be Optimistic

Maintain a positive attitude even when things don't go as you'd planned or hoped.

14. Be Resilient

Learn to withstand adverse events, stressful situations, and strong emotions.

15. Be Prudent

Regulate your emotions and resist the temptation to act in haste.

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Last updated: Jan 25, 2013

GEOFFREY JAMES | Columnist

Geoffrey James is an author, speaker, and award-winning blogger. Originally a system architect, brand manager, and industry analyst inside two Fortune 100 companies, he's interviewed over a thousand successful executives, managers, entrepreneurs, and gurus to discover how business really works. His most recent book is Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know.

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