In this learning path your smile is a physical expression of your internal happiness, joy, and overall pleasant attitude at work. Although this may not always be the case, let's pretend just for a moment so we can easily review the benefits of positive behaviors in the workplace.
Studies have shown that when you are truly happy at work your productivity increases which is good for your overall well being and the organization. Also, those pleasant employees experience less burnout and more creativity.
Researchers Emma Seppälä and Kim Cameron further explain: “[A] positive workplace is more successful over time because it increases positive emotions and well-being. This, in turn, improves people’s relationships with each other and amplifies their abilities and their creativity.”
The fuel for success is not skills and work hours, but happiness. When we feel positive at work and towards work our brain literally becomes more engaged and productive. We also experience higher levels of motivation, creativity, energy, and resiliency. Furthermore, our employers perceive us to be more trustworthy. All of this and more stems from an easy life hack...smiling!
Now that you secured the job you want with your newly adopted pleasant attitude, what do you do now that you are hired? First, you need to ensure your smile is real or you won't reap the benefits of a positive work experience. Next you need to build your EQ by increasing your emotional intelligence so you can have positive interactions with your co-workers.
And if you are still not happy, it is your job to fix it! We all have to be accountable and responsible for what behaviors and attitudes we bring into the world at every moment. Maybe your job (old or new) is not a good fit for where you are in your life right now. If this is the case remember you always have the power to change it. If your job is the cause of your unhappiness you still have to maintain a respectful interaction with your co-workers and employer and communicate your concerns. Remember, you have the power and ability to determine your success.