Why We Should Be Happy At Work

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Introduction It might sound a little strange to say that we should be happy at work. After all, it’s called work! But we spend more time at our jobs than we do engaged in almost any other activity. If we’re unhappy at work, we’re likely to feel the effects in other areas of our lives, too. Finding ways to be happy at work not only brings you greater productivity and greater job satisfaction, but will help you achieve greater overall mental, emotional, and physical health. How well do you know yourself? Think about it, we spend a great deal of time getting to know others, but how much effort do we dedicate towards getting to know ourselves? It’s true, as we grow into maturity our perceptions and emphasis on life changes. When we prioritize…show more content…
Now back to the original question, what is the self? No answer will be completely accurate or at all times precise. Instead, here is a temporary answer, good for the purposes of this book: the self is the aspect of an individual that is aware of its existence as an individual. It’s the part of ourselves that we are referring to when we each say “I.” One helpful way to think about the self and become more aware of our complete and total self is to divide it into four aspects: the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. THE PHYSICAL SELF This is probably the most obvious aspect of one’s self, our physical bodies. Awareness of our bodies when that body is in great pain or distress is usually strong. But when we feel physically neutral or slightly good or bad, we can block our awareness of the physical body and replace it with other levels of awareness, awareness of our thoughts or our emotions, for instance. It is important to remember that each level of self affects the other levels of self. Feeling physically uncomfortable can lead to feeling emotionally uncomfortable, as well as feeling emotionally uncomfortable can lead to changes in our physical feelings. At a certain point, examining one’s physical self requires an examination of one’s physical environment, such that what emerges is the recognition that the two mutually interact, change, and reinforce
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