“Happiness at Work”

Maximizing Your Psychological Capital for Success(Jessica Pryce-Jones, 2010)

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Sharing the results of her four-year research journey in simple, jargon-free language, Pryce-Jones exposes the secrets of being happy at work.

  • Focuses on what happiness really means in a work context and why it matters to individuals and organisations in both human and financial terms
  • Equips readers with the information, knowledge and skills to make the most of the nearly 100,000 hours that they’ll spend at work over a lifetime
  • Demystifies psychological research through a fascinating array of  anecdotes, case studies, and interviews from people in the trenches of the working world, including business world-leaders, politicians, particle physicists, and philosophers, sheep farmers, waitresses, journalists, teachers, and lawyers, to name just a few

How You Can Achieve Happiness at Work

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The Five Keys to Happiness at Work

• Contribution – the effort you make and your perception of it

• Conviction – the motivation and resilience you have whatever the circumstances

• Culture – how well you feel you fit

• Commitment – knowing you’re there for the duration

• Confidence – the level of self-belief you have

But how should you apply them?

If you’re looking for a short-cut for how to get the most out of the 100,000 hours or so you’ll spend at work over the course of your life, here are my four top tips:

  1. Remember that happiness comes first. In other words your attitude and mindset are vital. Who wants to work around a miserable and unhappy person all day long? I’m sure you don’t. And if happiness comes first, it’s not about when/then thinking, for example ‘when I’ve got a promotion, then I’ll be happy.’ It’s the here and now that matters.
  2. Think about what really motivates you; is it feeling competent? Or connected to the people you work with? Perhaps it’s knowing you have choices, or most likely it’s a combination of all three. Figure out what works most for you and make sure you nurture that.
  3. Notice when you feel your best at work; what are you doing? What circumstances have to be in place for that to happen? How can you build this into your daily working situation?
  4. Remember that doing difficult things is how you grow and stretch your comfort zone. If you never do that you’ll shrink your confidence, so go for what’s difficult, not what’s safe and easy.


“After reading this book, I certianly did not need any more convincing that happiness at work matters. I am usually wary of self-help books, but the author’s message is too simple to be ignored. . . Read this book, take action and get happier at work.
Edge, 1 September 2011

Pryce-Jones, who is among a growing number of experts studying the connection between happiness and productivity in the workplace, suggests there’s a significant difference between happiness and engagement.
Human Resource Executive Online, October 2010

“This book is a useful addition to the array of books published in recent years the objective of which is to help folks who are not social scientists or clinical therapists understand happiness as a concept and how the research thereon over the past few decades can be used to achieve greater levels of personal happiness and the successes in life that go therewith.
Social Indicators Network News, May 2010

The author undertook an enormous five year study of the concept and implications of happiness at both work and at home. The result of the intensive interviews underlined the critical importance of workplace happiness, and its correlation with a happier personal life. Blog Business World,June 2010

Normally I pick a book up, read the first few pages, then find I can’t face it and end up leaving it in a hotel room. But this book, I picked it up, started to read it and I thought, ‘Hallelujah! Here is a book that makes sense at last.’ And that was just so refreshing. I don’t even have a copy at the moment, because I have given about ten of them away to people saying, ‘You have just got to read this!
Fivebooks.com, June 2010

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