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Come on, get happy! Personal happiness in the workplace (Part 2)

Last week's blog post on Hidden Squirrel Consulting (Come On, Get Happy! How to Enhance Employee Happiness - outlined leadership and management strategies for boosting employee job satisfaction/organization commitment and happiness.

This week, let's focus on personal happiness in the workplace. Research shows that individuals with higher levels of psychological capital are 'happier' (and have higher levels of job satisfaction, organizational commitment; lower levels of anxiety and cynicism).

What is psychological capital? It's referred to as HERO:

HOPE - belief in the ability to persevere toward goals and find methods/paths to achieve your goals; "I believe"

EFFICACY - confidence that you can put forward the effort to affect outcomes (you can change the path and outcomes); "I can do this"

RESILIENCE - the ability to bounce back in the face of adversity or failure; "I will bounce back"

OPTIMISM - a generally positive view and the potential for success "Things will be okay"

Having psychological capital (HERO) means you're better able to meet the challenges of work and everyday life. So, try to dial down the worry and pessimism and ramp up feelings of hopefulness and optimism!

Maybe even stick a post-it note with "HERO" written on it - be your own hero and focus on hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism.

Scholarly reference, as always:

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