CHAPTER 9

Happiness at work

For most of us, work is a fundamental part of life. When it’s good it can provide us with everything from fulfilment to friends. But when things aren’t working out, it’s something best not ignored.

Work occupies such a large proportion of our time that it’s hardly surprising how much of a powerful influence it exerts on our level of happiness. It’s possible, of course, to be happy at work and unhappy in other aspects of life – and vice versa. But the scientific data suggests that people who are happy at work are happier all round.

When you think about it, this isn’t surprising. Positive emotions have a nice habit of spilling over from one part of our life to another. If we find our work enjoyable, rewarding and ...

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