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10 Ways to Smarter Happiness

Working Smarter drives greater joy and happiness!
PREWORK Watch this great Google Hangout ^^ Some of the tips below are also covered by Arianna/Rich/Guy…
Then onto the 10 Ways…

1. Find a Place You Love. 
Never Stop Searching Until You Do

Something happened that changed my life forever. I told [a friend] I was feeling overwhelmed as I had no clue where to begin looking for a job in this new field. She said, “You should check out where I work. I love my job!” I was intrigued by Menlo Innovations. I attended a two-hour session that gave a high-level explanation of what Menlo was about. I couldn’t believe how much the things [CEO] Rich [Sheridan] talked about struck home with me. Several times I found myself thinking, “This is common sense, and yet, this is brilliant…”I knew that no matter what, I HAD to be a part of it. Fast-forward to seven years later, I can honestly say I still NEED to be a part of it.
~ Michelle Pomorski, HuffPo post, Joy at Work?! 


2. Give Your Co-Workers A Smile

There’s one small thing you can do to be happier at work. The best part? It’s incredibly easy. “Say a really nice, cheerful good morning to your co-workers. Tell your co-workers they’ve done a great job. … It creates great relationships in workplace.”
~ Alexander Kjerulf, HuffPo interview, author, Happy Hour Is 9 To 5

3. Be Present. Fully. Really.
I urge you, in 2014, to live in the moment just a little more. Put your phone down when you are in the presence of others. Take a moment to breathe in your surroundings and listen intently to those you are with. Simply be present. Your experience of life and happiness will be transformed.

4. Let It Go!
With all the changes and all the need to collaborate, there will be endless moments where something can bug you. “Consciously drop the past. It’s hard, but with practice you will get the hang of it.” That includes jealousy: “When you’re jealous you’re saying that the universe is limited and there’s not enough success in it for me. Instead, be happy, because whatever happened to him will happen to you in your current job or at another company.”
~ Srikumar Rao, author, Happiness at Work

5. Find Passion in You, Not Your Job
Sure, you can fantasize about a dream job that pays you well and allows you to do some kind of social good, work with brilliant and likable colleagues and still be home in time for dinner. Instead, change how you think about your current situation. For example, instead of thinking of yourself as a human resources manager at a bank, identify yourself as someone who helps other bank employees provide for their families, take advantage of their benefits and save for the future.
~ Srikumar Rao, author, Happiness at Work (write-up from Forbes)

6. Maintain Perspective
Constantly envision 10 years ago, 10 years from now: “Most problems that kept you awake ten years ago have disappeared. Much of what troubles you today will also vanish. Realizing this truth will help you gain perspective.” 
~ Srikumar Rao, author, Happiness at Work


7. Enjoy the Journey
“Outcomes are totally beyond your control.” You’ll set yourself up for disappointment if you focus too much on what you hope to achieve rather than how you plan to get there.
~ Srikumar Rao, author, Happiness at Work


8. It’s Always, Always, Always About People
Friends: Having a lot of close friends boosts life satisfaction by nearly 20%.
Be a Mentor: Mentoring a young person is 4 times more predictive of happiness than your health or how much money you make.
~ Eric Barker, How to Be More Satisfied With Your Life

9. Think Epic, Have Big Goals: But Start Small
Have Goals: People with life goals are nearly 20% more satisfied with their lives.
Start Small: Life satisfaction is 22 percent more likely for those with a steady stream of minor accomplishments than those who express interest only in major accomplishments. 
~ Eric Barker, How to Be More Satisfied With Your Life

10. Remember 1440
There are only 1440 minutes in every day. Every day, you are given an amazing gift: 1440 more minutes to spend as you choose. Most of us choose poorly…a lot. Most of us waste too many of those precious minutes on stuff that doesn’t really matter. Spend more time on what really matters to you. Spend less time on stupid stuff. Day in, day out. Every day. 
~ Bill Jensen

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