• Develop an attitude of gratitude to up your daily happiness
  • Slow down and appreciate the small things in life
  • Have an abundance mindset to eliminate constant wants
Work life can be an absolute fucking nightmare at times. Other times, it’s a real grind that just wears you down mentally and physically. There aren’t many days where you can legitimately say that you were happy all day long.

Let’s face it, the vast majority of us don’t have a perfect job we love. And, that’s totally okay because in reality, it doesn’t exist and thinking that it does will only make you feel shittier.

However, having this kind of “hate my job” perspective is not going to make your work life any easier. It’s just going to make it harder.

Think about those times when you’re slammed at work with multiple overlapping deadlines, dealing with an asshole boss, scrambling to stay on top of a hundred things, etc.

This is when you get overwhelmed AF and depressed about your work situation. The only thing you want to do is call in sick, crawl under the covers and just get away from everyone and everything.

You desperately want to be happy at work and enjoy your job. You dream about it and it seems like some unachievable fantasy. However, the truth is that it’s within reach and all it takes is a daily mental hack to get it started and keep the momentum going in the right direction.

It’s All About Building More Gratitude In Your Attitude

We humans are pre-programmed to always be fearful and on the lookout for dangerous life-threatening things. This kind of default mental programming is what allowed our human ancestors to survive the caveman days. It kept them alive.

The problem is that this default programming still dominates our mental outlook even though we no longer have saber-toothed tigers chasing us down for their next meal. The difference now is that saber-toothed tigers have been replaced with our shitty work lives instead.

What’s needed is to train our minds to keep a positive attitude and worry less about all the other bullshit that’s going on in life. And, one of the best ways to do this is to build an attitude of gratitude.

Here’s how to get it going.

Take Your Foot Off The Gas Pedal & Slow Down

We all know that time flies, but it's easy to forget that fact when we're stuck in the middle of a hectic life. We're always rushing from one thing to the next and before we know it, another year flashes by and we didn't get to do half of what we wanted.

Instead of living a rushed life that you'll regret later, learn to fully disconnect from work, slow down and enjoy your life. You may think you don't have time for that, but trust us, you'll regret not doing it later.

You gotta create more me-time even when you’re busy as fuck – even if it's just 10 minutes a day – to relax, rejuvenate and truly see that you’re in fact doin’ alright. When you acknowledge the fact that you’re a-okay, you’re being grateful for where you are and what you have.

As Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and take a look around once in a while, you could miss it.” 

Appreciate The Little Things & Small Wonders In Life

We all know that happiness is the goal, but it can be tough to achieve when we're bogged down by all of the grunt work and the various fires being put out day to day.

Here's a quick and easy way to shift your focus in life: start noticing the little things and small wonders in your life. They’re happening all around you every day. From seeing a puffy cloud on a clear day, hearing your favorite song on the radio, getting the green light and being greeted at the door by your furry friend, these little moments boost happiness and help us appreciate life.

By taking a moment to really notice them and take it all in, we can boost our happiness levels and enjoy life a bit more. So next time you're feeling frustrated or down, take a second to be grateful for life's small wonders, no matter how insignificant they seem to be. You’ll be surprised at how much better you feel. It’s a simple trick to triggering happiness wherever you may be.

Have A View Of Abundance Not Of Lacking

We’re pre-programmed to want more and better things in life simply because it seems to be the solution - more money, the next-gen phone, a new car, a lavish vacation etc. This is called the Hedonic treadmill where we’re constantly running after more things but not really getting anywhere or getting happier.

It’s human nature to want more of everything in life and when you can’t get it, this creates a constant feeling of unhappiness and dissatisfaction. But, if you can flip the script, you can benefit.

Take an honest assessment of yourself right now.

You’re not being physically tortured, enslaved to human trafficking or imprisoned under a cruel dictatorship. You have a normal life, a job, a place to live, a work BFF, friends and family.

In another part of the world, there are people, right now as you’re reading this, that are praying just to live through the night. All they want is to survive to see tomorrow, have a meal, drink fresh water, have a roof over their head and clothes to wear.

Focus on, appreciate and be grateful for the things you have rather than the things you don’t. When you can be happy with what you have, that’s when you turn the tables.

Henry David Thoreau said it best, “We make ourselves rich by making our wants few.” This is a mindset of abundance and not of lacking.

Be Your Own Happy Pill

For most of us, work life ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s usually a windowless workspace where you’re just grinding away at some thankless job where you don’t get the fucking recognition you deserve despite all the blood, sweat and tears you put in.

It would be great if you worked at a company with kick-ass work perks and recognition programs, but most of us only get free office donuts every so often to go along with the shitty office coffee.

So, the solution is to be your own best cheerleader and become your own happy pill.

Learn to slow down, take a bigger perspective on life, be grateful for what you have and appreciate all of those little wonders in life that happen all around you. When you have an attitude of gratitude, you’ll be retraining your mind’s default setting for happiness.

Before the day ends today, stop and think. What are you grateful for?

Feel Better,

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