Anybody have a case of the Mondays? Bwahaha… Here’s my favorite fix – The “Happy at Work Manifesto” from Change This. It’s an excerpt from Alexander Kjerulf’s book Happy Hour is 9 to 5: How to Love Your Job, Love Your Life and Kick Butt at Work.
Even though the manifesto was written three years ago, it is still one of my favorites and I read it a few times per year. It’s funny that after all this time, I still haven’t read the book, which apparently sucks (just two Amazon reviews). I guess it’s one of those cases of a book that should have been a chapter.
This isn’t something that’s going to blow your mind and make you think radically different, it’s just a fun reminder to choose happiness. Cheesy, but in a nice way:
Because the future belongs to the happy!
1: I choose to be happy at work.
2: I can be happy at work.
3: My happiness at work is my responsibility.
4: Knowing what makes me happy or unhappy at work is my responsibility.
5: Letting others know what makes me happy or unhappy at work is my responsibility.
6: Something will happen when I do something.
7: I know that my happiness at work affects my happiness outside of work.
8: I know that happiness at work affects my health.
9: I may end up spending most of my waking hours at work—I want to make those hours count.
10: It’s OK to have a bad day at work.
11: I do my best work when I’m happy.
12: There’s no such thing as too much happiness.
13: I recognize that happiness at work also comes from the time I don’t spend at work.
14: I recognize that happiness at work is different for everyone.
15: Happiness at work is something I create now.
16: I recognize that happiness at work doesn’t come from the absence of bad things in the workplace.
17: Happiness at work is infectious—I will be a carrier.
18: The best way to make myself happy at work is by making others happy at work.
19: I will take time to do this.
20: I will fix my job or quit.
21: Happiness at work ain’t rocket science.
22: I give first.
23: I recognize that a higher salary will not make me happy at work.
24: I recognize that power, status symbols, a corner office or even access to the corporate jet won’t make me happy at work.
25: Happiness at work comes from the things you and I do here and now.
If you enjoyed those points, go check out the whole thing on www.ChangeThis.com — a super cool website that publishes short 10 to 20-page manifestos (which are basically well-designed, illustrated book excerpts).