Happy Work

by Lance Ekum on · 66 comments

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 "Whoever is happy will make others happy, too." ~ Mark Twain




Well…you get the idea…all week long.

How does your week normally go?  You know, those times when you're "supposed" to be productive.  Maybe you work for yourself, and these times all start to cross fuzzy lines of time slots.  Maybe you work for "the establishment" and have some general Monday through Friday hours workin' for the man.  Maybe you're punching a clock and putting in your time.  Maybe you're looking for one of these, because the economic conditions of late have created lean times.  Or…maybe you're just filthy rich, and none of this matters.

Wherever you are in this spectrum, there are times when you're "job" is to be productive (in whatever manner you define that).

Have you ever had one of those days where you're headed out the door (or down the stairs if you work from home) and just think to yourself "Geez, I wish it wasn't Monday already!" (or insert whatever moment feels right in there for you).

I think we've all had these moments.  Moments when we just want to crawl back into bed.  "Ugh."  "This isn't going to be fun at all."

Having moments like this once in a while, that's okay.  We're human.  There will be moments that get to us. 

It's when these become more than moments, when they become regular and recurring patterns.   That's when it's time to stop and ask yourself if this job/career/position is really worth it.  And if it is, is there some way to make the moments happier ones.

Work Happy

We spend a large number of hours in our lifetime being productive, in whatever way our talents/skills/ambitions take us. Except sometimes we're not.  And we're not our best, and we're not doing all that is possible when we're not happy. 

The work we do, our vocation – plays a huge part in the course of our lives. 

How do you want to spend it?

How about if we could work happy?  Or maybe even just work happier?  

All part of the life we're each living.  Our time on earth, in these bodies we've been given – is finite.  How do you choose to "live" that remaining time you have?  Do you wake up in the morning and see the beauty in the day ahead?  Or do you see the drudgery of deadlines, the rudeness of customers, the obstacles to deal with? 

Take Action

Today – put a little extra pizzazz in your step.  Smile a bit more!  Greet coworkers with joy in your voice!  Listen more deeply.  Do something a little bit goofy.  Embrace your customers!

Find work you truly love and enjoy.  Use recruiting software.  Talk to friends.

Be the happiness you wish to see in this world!

Make Today Great!

Wherever today takes you, look at the happiness you can add to the day – for you, and for others!   Everyone wins!

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Corinne Rodrigues September 16, 2009 at 7:08 am

What a lovely idea….I really like your blog – it radiates a lot of energy!
Take care.
.-= Corinne Rodrigues´s Last Fabulous Post ..When Love Comes =-.


Karl Staib - Work Happy Now September 16, 2009 at 7:15 am

How we “choose” to live our life will dictate how happy we are. It’s a simple equation that many of us ignore. We’ve created our habits and we’re sticking with them.

If we can slowly, gently, and lovingly improve our habits just a little bit each day, we can work happy. Work doesn’t have to be torture. We can actually enjoy the tedious tasks too. It’s finding that space within ourselves that allows us to appreciate the moment we are in. Of course it isn’t easy to change how we view our circumstances, but with some practice I know that we all can improve our work and life happiness.

Thank you Lance! You always have a great way of framing a subject.
.-= Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s Last Fabulous Post ..Team Building Activity – Hint – Colorful Balls =-.


Hilda September 16, 2009 at 7:24 am

Hi Lance,

“Be the happiness you wish to see in this world!” – I love that 🙂

A couple of years ago I did alot of research into the subject of happiness at work. It is SO important. Because most people spend more of their waking lives at work than doing anything else, it is extremely difficult to be unhappy at work and not have that spill over into other areas of your life.

But apart from being instrumental in our personal wellbeing, happy workers are also (proven to be) better and more effective decision makers, and more creative and productive on the job. Before the economy crashed alot of major companies were getting serious about implementing policies to promote happy workplaces. Nowadays though, people are expected to be happy just to have a job. But of course it doesn’t work that way – as you pointed out the work we do plays a huge part in the course of our lives.

Like everything else in life that’s important to us, if we want to be happy at work we have to prioritise that and take action. And that doesn’t have to mean handing in your notice…

I think this is a great idea that Karl has – must pop over now and check it out 🙂
.-= Hilda´s Last Fabulous Post ..Maybe it’s not meant to be . . . =-.


Lynn September 16, 2009 at 7:53 am

Great message, Lance. I decided to leave my high stress corporate job and find a low-paying 🙂 but more fun job. There are stressful moments, but I love the family atmosphere at my current job. It made my day once when the operations manager told me she loves it when I laugh hard – reminding her of her favorite aunt. 🙂
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Meatloaf ‘n football, unresolved and fun pasta facts =-.


Jewel/Pink Ink September 16, 2009 at 7:55 am

I agree! We get more out of life when we choose to be happy. And sometimes we have to create our opportunities for true happiness.

Happy work…that’s a wonderful phrase.
.-= Jewel/Pink Ink´s Last Fabulous Post ..Trusting Myself =-.


LifeMadeGreat | Juliet September 16, 2009 at 8:05 am

Hey Lance

Thank you for letting me know about this!



suzen September 16, 2009 at 8:11 am

Hi Lance! What an energetic, positive post! I really believe that smiles and good attitudes are contagious when they are consistent. One person’s attitude (of gratitude!) could change the atmosphere in the bleakest of environments – I’ve seen this happen! Doesn’t cost a thing to bring a bit of joy to work – and, it’s worth millions!

Jay posted that brilliant video, The Validation, yesterday. The power of a smile, joy and kindness is awesome! Thank you for continuing this message – you are awesome!!!!
Smiles and hugs
.-= suzen´s Last Fabulous Post ..Boy Training – Meet A Great Blogger! =-.


Faramarz - Anxious Candy September 16, 2009 at 8:17 am

This must be why i am so happy all the time i seriously love work. Actually it’s because i am a hardcore workaholic and actually get stressed more when I’m supposed to be on a break than when I’m at work.
.-= Faramarz – Anxious Candy´s Last Fabulous Post ..How To Build A ‘Branded’ Business – Part 3 =-.


JenX September 16, 2009 at 8:30 am

These are such crucial reminders, Lance. Thanks for what for me is an admonishment. You are always so positive. I know this is your intentional devotion and choice, which makes it that much more inspiring. Thanks for the comments on my blog and the RT on Twitter. I’ve had the flu and been hitting and missing in the Blogosphere lately!
.-= JenX´s Last Fabulous Post ..[excerpt] the future of the workplace for gen x, gen y =-.


Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord September 16, 2009 at 8:33 am

Since resigning from Corporate America in January, every day is a happy work day! (smile) But that wasn’t always the case. I know now that how I intend the day to go is how it usually goes. So even before I fall asleep at night, I set an intention for how happy, full of love and fun I want to feel when I awaken. And I see that energy carrying throughout the day. I feel my body’s energy vibration as being high, and by golly, that’s just what happens!

Leading with happiness, though, is also a great way to get others around us to feel happy. It’s definitely contagious!
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..Runners, Bloggers and the Power of Applause =-.


janice September 16, 2009 at 8:34 am

Thanks for this boost of positivity, Lance! It came just at the right time. My ‘work’ at the moment is being a homemaker who gets to write, so I’m one of the lucky ones who ‘work happy’. I have ups and downs, not-so-healthy spells and challenges like everyone else, but I’m happy at the core and that shows up as serenity most days.

@Karl – power to you!
.-= janice´s Last Fabulous Post ..The House of the Thousand Horrormoans =-.


I TAKE OFF THE MASK September 16, 2009 at 8:35 am

I’m guilty of sometimes dragging myself to the office as the day starts, and this prompted me to assess what work I would really like to do, something that is not an obligation but an expression of real joy and enthusiasm! 😉
.-= I TAKE OFF THE MASK´s Last Fabulous Post ..Just For Today Quotes =-.


Daphne @ Joyful Days September 16, 2009 at 8:53 am


Great reminder. I’m one of the lucky ones who likes what I do and actually look forward to a working day. Of course I’m also fortunate that I get many days off a month, and it’s easier to like work when there’s not too much of it! 😉

Like the other commentators, I liked your phrase “BE the happiness you want to see in this world.” Great attitude!
.-= Daphne @ Joyful Days´s Last Fabulous Post ..Why Letting Go is Hard and How to Let Go =-.


Yum Yucky September 16, 2009 at 9:21 am

Ooo. “Happy Work” is difficult on the blah days, but in a way it’s good because it conditions me to more disciplined to do the things I must, despite every bone in my body that feels otherwise. Accomplishing my work on the blah can be rewarding just to know that I plugged through it without wilting like a cold cucumber that’s been in the back of the fridge for 2 weeks. ;D
.-= Yum Yucky´s Last Fabulous Post ..Stupid Diet Tip #589 =-.


Tim September 16, 2009 at 9:32 am


Thanks for a very uplifting post. You’ve hit upon something that I am confronting in my life right now. I am in transition and looking for my next work opportunity. But I am trying to avoid drudgery and looking for an opportunity to work happy as you put it. I realize work is work and that sometimes these challenges can help us grow as people. But many of us approach our days with a consistent sense of drudgery. I love this line from your post and I’m going to try to apply this to my situation: “Be the happiness you wish to see in the world.”
.-= Tim´s Last Fabulous Post ..How Tim Kazurinsky Changed My Life =-.


Positively Present September 16, 2009 at 10:20 am

Great post, Lance. Happiness is a choice and we can choose to be happy wherever we are, whatever we’re doing. Thanks for writing this one — I really enjoyed it and I’m going to tweet it now! 🙂
.-= Positively Present´s Last Fabulous Post ..how to diversify your life portfolio =-.


Marelisa September 16, 2009 at 10:35 am

Hi Lance: You’re completely right. Work takes up so much of our time, energy, and mental space, that if we’re not happy at work it’s difficult to be happy when we’re not at work. Plus, there are more and more studies that show that happiness is contagious. I’m sure that your work place is filled by your happiness, Lance, and that your co-workers are much happier for having you around.
.-= Marelisa´s Last Fabulous Post ..The 100 Day Finish Strong Challenge =-.


Liara Covert September 16, 2009 at 10:42 am

Happiness can be viewed as a core state of mind and being. If you sense how you feel is a choice, then one view is happiness comes down to accepting and expressing love unconditionally, to yourself and toward everyone, in every situation. No exceptions.
.-= Liara Covert´s Last Fabulous Post ..Paranormal events happen to normal people =-.


Davina September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am

Hi Lance. This reminds me of the phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” which can easily be applied to happiness.

The part about, “Ugh.This isn’t going to be fun at all.” is that familiar trap we fall into about what we’re going to get out of something, as opposed to what we are going to put into something… like our day, for example.
.-= Davina´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Key To Vacation Thyme =-.


Sharmila September 16, 2009 at 11:38 am

:Lance, I saw the picture and started laughing! 2 cute! 🙂 I love it! Enthusiasm is something that I am growing into more and more! Happiness is contagious! I smile a lot, and yet also worry alot, I’m getting better at becoming more enthusiastic as I meditate more which means even more SMILES and positive contagious-isms! 😉
I love working, when I’m committing to what I love ! It reminds me that ‘Everything has a purpose and a season.’ I read just the other day the importance of work and how it is ‘our dignity’. I agree with that as I’m getting ready to go back to work again here soon and I am excited to serve others this time! 😉 It’s amazing how good it feels to be touched by another who smiles, or laughter which carries over to us, or just taking the time to say hello to a coworker and see how they’re doing. I guess, I’ve missed this community for a bit, though I needed some time off. Soon, I’ll be out there again too! Meanwhile, I’m doing the best I can with where I’m at and looking at it as just as important. After all character is who we are when no one is looking – even if we’re at home working on projects! 😀 Have a lovely day! Great Post! ~Jen
.-= Sharmila´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Loving Turtle: My Inner Spirit of Peace =-.


Tess The Bold Life September 16, 2009 at 12:07 pm

There is just no other way to be but happy at work. No matter what is going on around us we have the power to be happy. I believe I work for God and with that belief I have a higher purpose which will put me above any work battlefield.
.-= Tess The Bold Life´s Last Fabulous Post ..It’s All About You =-.


Jannie Funster September 16, 2009 at 12:20 pm

I’ve certainly been in jobs of drudgery in the past. Luckily I’ve carved a place for myself now where I am all about happy. So it’ s my responsibility to share as much happy as the traffic will allow.

I really feel that with some of these new songs I’m now writing, I want to radiate hope, light and love in them as much as I can. I’ve been given a gift of songwriting and now that I’ve got my feet under me music-wise, it’s time to help others shine, over half the new tunes reflect that.

Sometimes I think God actually knew what he was doing when he made me, so it’s time to give it back to Him.
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..It’s All Picnics And Cartwheels Until The Fire Ants Bite =-.


Cath Lawson September 16, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Hi Lance – It’s easy to switch our attitudes a little, to see the good things instead of the bad. And doing that, in a job you don’t enjoy, is great in the short-term. But long term I guess it’s just like sticking a band-aid on it and hoping for the best. I think I would try to make the best of things until I found another job.


Nadia - Happy Lotus September 16, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Hi Lance,

This is an issue that has always been of interest to me. I am blessed to know people who love what they do (they are a small percentage) and I know many who just do not love their jobs. I think the problem is that we are taught to make a living and not go out and live. So people take jobs as a means to an end without realizing that on some level their chosen path will impact them in every way.

I think it is important that people do something that they love or find a way to do what they love while they are at their job. This unhappiness is not natural and it is not normal. We are meant to be happy but we have messed it up. So I am with you on being the happiness we wish to see. I try to do that everyday! 🙂

One more thing…Karl has a great idea with the “Happy at Work Action Day”. That is awesome.
.-= Nadia – Happy Lotus´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday Song for September 13, 2009 =-.


Julie September 16, 2009 at 1:45 pm

It’s amazing how “catching” attitudes can be. It’s easy to fall into the trap of allowing others’ kibbitzing influence their own peace of mind (I’ve done it) or set ourselves up for a struggle by anticipating it (I’ve done that, too), but Karl’s point is the key to it all: “appreciate the moment we’re in.” It’s simple! Just tune out any negativity, focus on our own little space, and see how much loving attention we can give to our tasks. It works magic every time.
.-= Julie´s Last Fabulous Post ..Honor Redux, with a Twist =-.


mary007 September 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm

This is just what I needed to read today. You see I take it as another job the work that needs to be done at home (cleaning, cooking, orgazing, etc…) and I’m not always happy doing it. What gets to me the most is that my significant other doesn’t help much, actually I feel that he adds to my work load at home. This does not make me happy. Can you give some advice on how I change so that I don’t feel this way. Thanks!


vered - blogger for hire September 16, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I really like the idea that you can CREATE more work happiness instead of just waiting for it to happen.


Audra Krell September 16, 2009 at 4:24 pm

It is all about choosing to be happy in every circumstance! What I really,really loved about this article Lance, is your voice! I see it changing and growing and truly enjoyed the way you’ve constructed your sentences, word choices and tempo. It’s neat to see you grow. Way to go Lance, very nice writing.
.-= Audra Krell´s Last Fabulous Post ..Back to God =-.


Erin Prais-Hintz September 16, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Hi Lance…this must be the 100th monkey sort of thing…everywhere I turn I am confronted by messages that are leading me to a choice…I just read this quote at my little coffee shop this week from lyrics to a Christine Kane (love her blog!) song…”Some choices hold you down. Some chances set you free”…that is the same thing here. While it is certainly about how the attitude I choose when I am at my “day job” I am finding that it is more and more difficult to even think myself happy there. The choice to be at that “day job” is certainly holding me down. I am hoping that there will be some chances that will be coming that will show me the path to freedom. Because I am happiest when I am creating, no matter what that might be, and I am not allowed any semblance of creativity where I am. So being happy at work would be to do something that is so joyful and taps my talents…and that wouldn’t feel like work at all. Of course, I also believe that you have to go out to meet your ship, and I am paddling as fast as I can but I still feel tethered to the shore! Thank you for your insights and inspiration today Lance! Enjoy the day! Erin
.-= Erin Prais-Hintz´s Last Fabulous Post ..And the winner is…. =-.


Roger September 16, 2009 at 7:55 pm

As I dragged my weary body out of bed this morning to go to work, I admit I was not focusing on being happy to face the day. 🙂 It is true that we can choose happiness at work and in life. The decision to choose happiness is not that much harder than unhappiness yet give us so much more.

Thank you for sharing this.

.-= Roger´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Changing Seasons =-.


Lisa (mommymystic) September 16, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I love this idea of Happy at Work day. This reminds me of my friend Matt who just passed, who you read about it. Last year he was in a bad job situation, with lots of unhappy, grumpy people. He was committed to being happy there, and to trying to emanate as much happiness as he could. And it worked – many of them talked about it at his memorial, how he had changed the vibe of the place so much, and they all started acting better because of it.
.-= Lisa (mommymystic)´s Last Fabulous Post ..Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality =-.


Wilma Ham September 17, 2009 at 12:53 am

Isn’t it interesting that joy doesn’t come automatically to us.
Is it not effecting our quality of life, it is not more fun to have happiness?
However it shows that our environment is pulling us down.
For me it is a task I have to do each day as long as this current world is mostly NOT joyful and the task is on top of my priority list as it is definitely effecting my and other people’s quality of life. On top of that I am also working to create a joyful, loving environment so I can stay joyful with a lot more ease and grace.
That takes some doing and it is worth it. Nothing else really matters.
Joy is indeed a task until the world has come to its senses.
.-= Wilma Ham´s Last Fabulous Post ..My daughter and I on ‘why should you?’. =-.


Zeenat{Positive Provocations} September 17, 2009 at 3:30 am

HI Lance,
Our eternal quest for happiness and the answer is right here within us. I love the line “Be the happiness you wish to see in the world.” JUst perfect! When a smile can be contagious…happiness has the same effect. If you radiate a happy energy everyone who comes in contact with you will also soak it up and become happy. The ripple effect of being happy! Our own choice and noone elses makes us happy.
Lovely thoughts as usual Lance. 🙂
.-= Zeenat{Positive Provocations}´s Last Fabulous Post ..Star Signs OR Beings Of Love??? =-.


Lance September 17, 2009 at 5:40 am

@Corinne – Thanks much for stopping by, Corinne! Hope to see you back soon…

@Karl – Choices, something we sometimes forget we have. We can choose to be happy, we can choose to change our behaviors, and we can choose to look for work which is meaningful and brings joy. Great thoughts on this, Karl (and I’m not surprised, this is right up your ally!!)

@Hilda – Hi Hilda. Thanks much, as I wrote that down, the “Be the happiness…” phrase, it really just felt “right”. And what a great point, yes we spend a large portion of our life in our work. And if it’s not fun? Not a good way to spend this large portion of our life. And right – we can make positive changes where we’re at. Will this always work out? No. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t work to bring happiness into the workplace. And whatever the case is, we can always choose our own attitude. That can’t be taken from us, unless we allow it to be… Definitely check out Karl’s work, it’s awesome!

@Lynn – And your story just goes to show that it’s not all about the money. Or that money doesn’t buy happiness. And sometimes the best thing can be less money, less stress, and more fun. Keep on laughing, Lynn!

@Jewel – Happiness and life…what you get out is what you put in! Jewel, that’s such a great thought! Here’s to creating our opportunities for real happiness in our lives!

@Juliet – Juliet, it’s always so good to see you here. And I hope you enjoy your visit over to Karl’s site, it’s full of some great information!

@Suzen – Hi Suzen. Ooh, I love the word “contagious” here! Simple things can make such a positive difference for so many…and it can be catchy too! Catchy in a great way! And I’ve watched the “Validation” video before – such a great example of how really connecting kindness can be. Thanks for being here, Suzen, and adding so much to the conversation!


Diane Fit to the Finish September 17, 2009 at 6:11 am

Even though I don’t “work” in the traditional sense, I feel very happy with the choices I’ve made for myself. For me, true happiness comes only when I am doing the things I know are right, whether or not other people agree.

Like so many other things in life – happiness is a choice. Thanks for sharing these inspirational words.
.-= Diane Fit to the Finish´s Last Fabulous Post ..Say Yes When You Want To Say No =-.


Lance September 17, 2009 at 7:42 am

@Faramarz – That you love your work and find that it brings you much happiness, Faramarz, this is awesome! And that a great point you bring up, when we love the work we do, that can really make workplace happiness so much easier. Although, it still doesn’t guarantee it. And as hard as it might be to take a break, know that these are great moments to refresh and renew yourself too…

@JenX – Hi Jen. I hope you’re feeling better. And while I do try to be positive, there are certainly moments when I’m not, too. So, that this message comes across here, that’s so good to hear. Thank you…

@Megan – Megan, that’s so great that you’ve sought out that place that matters for you, and in so doing, you’ve found happiness to be an integral part of your day. In fact, just by the moniker you go by here, “JoyGirl!”, you shine happiness!

@Janice – Hi Janice. And that’s great work to be doing. And you’re right, we all have moments that might bring us down a bit – however when we can really have joy and happiness at our core – these moments usually don’t last very long.

@Jocelyn – That’s a great point, Jocelyn…that when we have work that we really like to do, happiness can be easier to keep focused on (although it doesn’t mean that just because we like our work, we’re happy). When our work is work we have a harder time getting into, then happiness can also fall off more easily. However, if we can really focus on that, on being “happy”, that can also make these days go much better, too. Great thoughts!

@Daphne – Hi Daphne. That’s great that you have a position that you really like. It does make happiness so much easier to come out (not that you can’t find happiness in difficult positions too – you can). And glad to hear you like the “Be the happiness…” phrase, I really felt connected to that after writing it…

@Yum Yucky – Disciplined to be happy…Josie, I really like that thought. When we work at it, it then becomes a habit. And then even if we’re having a bad day, it’s still pretty easy to get to that happiness spot. And great job, by the way, on NOT being the wilted cucumber…that just sounds kind of scary…


Lance September 17, 2009 at 8:46 am

@Tim – Hi Tim. Transition is really a good time to evaluate what matters and why. So, good on you for doing this. Finding meaningful work, can certainly make happiness an easier spot to reach. Still though, even in work that isn’t necessarily that which completely resonates with you – we can still find moments of happiness in it. And that’s an important thing to remember. Thanks much, Tim!

@Positively Present – Dani, thanks so much for all your support! Happiness IS a choice, and one I witness very much from you!

@Marelisa – Hi Mare. Oh, now there’s a great thought…our happiness level from work and home life can roll over into each other – so true! And that’s an even better reason to really let the happiness from within shine at work…it’ll help that same happiness to shine at home, too! Thanks so much, Mare!

@Liara – Oh, I agree Liara. Happiness comes from the core of our being. I think it’s there in all of us, it’s just a matter of letting it out. And happiness as expressed through love – very awesome thought! And they really do seem interconnected…

@Davina – Hi Davina. Wow, that’s such a great thought! It’s what we make it, in other words. And – our thoughts become our actions is probably another good way of looking at this. So, here’s to thinking happy and fun thoughts!

@Sharmila – Hi Jen. That is a fun picture, isn’t it! And that’s great to hear that your smiles are bringing even more smiles! That’s the kind of contagious we like, isn’t it! In the ebb and flow of life, Jen, what you’re doing is the right thing for you, at this time. And I love how you’re looking toward the future and as it having some purpose to serve others. There is something very meaningful in that, when we can honestly and deeply “serve” others. I think it touches upon a deeper part of our soul, and that part that connects very much with humanity and dignity. So, keep being “you”, that’s a beautiful thing! Always…

@Tess – Tess, when we connect with our Source, with God – it is a spot that brings about much happiness. I too have found this to be true, and especially when I keep that connection as a focus – I’m just generally more happy. No matter what the situation… Great, great thoughts!


Srinivas Rao September 17, 2009 at 10:05 am

Great post Lance. I’m not working right now, but i’m sure i’ll apply this advice the second I find myself employed.


Lance September 17, 2009 at 10:28 am

@Jannie – Nice carving, Jannie! And guess what else, Jannie? You radiate, always! Hope, light, and love are a part of your core that shines through! God did good…

@Cath – Hi Cath. A little attitude adjustment can go a long way! And another great point – choosing happiness in a unenjoyable situation is only putting a band aid on the problem. Long-term, it’s really best to find that work which connects you to a deeper spot within. And that’s a great place to be…

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. Ah yes, “make a living”…that conjures up just doing something to get by or make do. And that may not at all be enjoyable. Really living, though, what a different place that can be! And it does so much roll over into other aspects of our life, which is also important to remember. And when we can meld these together – doing something we truly love along with connecting to that deeper happiness within, what a place to be!

@Julie – Kind of like a bad cold…attitudes can sure be catchy! Good or bad. And I love this thought, Julie – of the magic in the moments, when we really appreciate each “moment” as it comes! Wonderful!

@Mary007 – Thanks so much for commenting, Mary. A great point that “work” isn’t just what we get paid to do, there’s also “work” that we do in other parts of our life too. And home life is definitely part of that. When we’re not supported by those around us (spouse, roommates, children, etc) this can make it really hard to be “happy”. Look for an email from me later…

@Vered – CREATE the happiness…yes! And that’s liberating, I think, to really let that idea soak in…

@Audra – Choice. So important. And something we can all do. It doesn’t mean that every place we’re in is one we like – still, though, we can choose to make the most of it, or not. And Audra, thank YOU for your kind and wonderful words here…they mean so much to me! You are a wonderful friend!


Lance September 17, 2009 at 11:16 am

@Erin – Hi Erin. Hey I happen to be a big fan of Christine Kane too! Both her writing and her music, awesome! First off, thank you for being so open and honest here. When we’re in a place in which we find little hope, it can be extra difficult to find that happiness within. It is there, though. And it is there, I know, in you. And still, we can feel held back – because of whatever it is that this “unhappiness” provides. Security. Income. Shelter. Freedom. Then it also becomes a question of what are you sacrificing for these things, and is it worth it? Is it worth it for the short time you’re here on earth, to keep doing what is a difficult thing? Erin, only you can answer that. What I do know, though, is that I’ve witnessed joy and happiness in your words, like almost none I’ve seen before – in the opening of one of your wonderful creations. That IS happiness from deep within, at a spot that connects with the soul. And it was beautiful. Keep paddling, my friend…and your line will break free…and you’ll be sailing to new and awesome heights!

@Roger – It’s simply a choice, and where we put our focus. Great point, Roger! What we focus on expands…

@Lisa – Lisa, it’s so good to see you here. I know that your friend Matt was a special and dear friend, and his loss was not easy. And what I’m reading here, I really believe this is part of it – true happiness can feel so good – to both the giver and the receiver. And this is just a great example of seeing the good that could be in a “less than perfect” situation. Lisa, thanks so much for sharing this here…

@Wilma – Hi Wilma. Thanks for stopping by! Creating the environment for happiness…I love that thought! We can all create that environment where happiness reigns. It may not always be easy, and sometimes might seem near impossible. Still, these moments, when we can create them – filled with happiness – beget more happiness. And maybe that’s how it spreads, each of us doing a little bit to make our corner of the world a little happier. Thanks much for this thought, Wilma, so good to read today!

@Zeenat – Hi Zeenat. It’s so good to hear that this line “Be the happiness…” is resonating with people! And the word “radiate” is so good here, because our happiness certainly has the ability to shine off of us, and affect other people in very positive ways. Wonderful, Zeenat, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

@Diane – Traditional or not, whether you work at a high paying job or work part-time to help out your family or are a stay-at-home mom – these are all opportunities to shine our happiness out! And you bring up an interesting point – doing things you “know” are right. When our heart speaks to us, whether the rest of the world agrees or not, if we feel that connection, happiness is so much easier to access. Great thoughts Diane!

@Srinivas – Thanks much, Srinivas. As you go out into the workforce, know that you can make a very positive impact with the attitude you choose to use. You will do well, my friend…


Caroline September 17, 2009 at 11:35 am

Sometimes I think that stay at home Mom’s have the hardest job of all…no pay and no time off…lol. I used to work “for the man” (literally a man) and I could not imagine getting up in the morning, putting on make up and office attire. Ugh! I realize how lucky I am to stay home. Don’t get me wrong, I have my days, but I have more good ones than bad.
.-= Caroline´s Last Fabulous Post ..Limb =-.


Lori September 17, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Thanks for the tip about October 5th! I love the idea!
Have formerly worked the crazy hours, toted the BlackBerry, managed groups of people, and wore the suits.
Those days are over and even though I have a new set of challenges, I can’t say I miss those crazy days *that* much.
I think about the host of the show, Dirty Jobs, a lot; I admire people who can put themselves in a place to simply put passion into their work regardless of what they’re doing. I can remember have a ball scooping the manure out the barn – it was physical, and (believe it or not) it was fun somehow.
Thanks for a great post today, Lance! 🙂
.-= Lori´s Last Fabulous Post ..Clutter Capades =-.


Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings September 17, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Man, have I been in a couple of jobs where I dreaded going to work! Gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it. I’m thankful I LOVE what I do now and look forward to every day.

A few years ago, I was introduced to the book “Catch”. It’s about the Pike Place Fish Markets in Seattle. These guys and gals are packing, throwing around and selling cold, slimy fish all day long and yet, they’ve found a way to make their workplace massively fun and rewarding. It’s really an inspiring story. I was lucky enough to see them at work first-hand when on a trip to the States we stopped in at Seattle and saw them. Despite the fact they scared the bejesus out of me with a giant groper (long story), it was the most fun I’ve had around fish ever! They sure have the work happy thing down pat.

Love Happy at Work Day! Great idea Karl and thanks Lovely Lance!
.-= Sami – Life, Laughs & Lemmings´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Future of Life, Laughs & Lemmings =-.


Robin Easton September 17, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Dear Lance, I saw this photo and cracked right up before I even started reading. I love photos like this and more importantly doing things as simple as jumping in the air. It is one of the things the drew me to you right from the start. The first time I saw your photo, I just grinned ear to ear and knew you were the real deal. It just showed on your face. There were no shutters, no hidden agenda, just LANCE. And not only THAT, but you exuded abundant Life and vitality and joy. And something else…I know I keep saying this but you have deep earnestness that is just so soothing and refreshing to be around. You really care about people. You are a one of kind, a genuine HUGE warm real-life hug. Thank you my dear friend. You make the world a better place. Hugs and love, Robin.
.-= Robin Easton´s Last Fabulous Post ..Are We Eradicating Soul? =-.


Evita September 17, 2009 at 5:43 pm

LOL, Lance at first glance I thought Karl had something to do with this with his “work happy theme” and then I read on and on and it was fantastic to hear all that you shared here.

When it comes to working happy or being happy at work, I honestly cannot imagine how people who “hate” or “dislike” their job do it. I only had a small taste of this as a student when I worked in a part time job in a pharmacy. I was a pharmacy technician, and I generally enjoyed going in for 4 hours once or twice a week, even considering making it a career as a pharmacist.

WELL… then came my first summer and I pulled in 40 hour weeks. Let’s just say I quickly got a real taste of what my life would look like and it did not please me at all. I would have been miserable. So end of story I became a teacher and absolutely loved it. Then left that to work from home as a writer/consultant today and love it even more. In fact I try even not to call it work….

My wish is for everyone who does not find happiness in their job to realize that there is always a choice, always. No matter what their age, level of education or financial situation, if we are serious about changing it we can.
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Winner of The Path: Afterlife DVD & Your Thoughts On Death and the Afterlife =-.


Jodi at Joy Discovered September 17, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Hi Lance!
I love the concept of “work happy” – that just has such a great ring to it that causes a shift in one’s brain about the way we usually think about work (or have been trained to think about work!). I love what you wrote here: “Today – put a little extra pizzazz in your step. Smile a bit more! Greet coworkers with joy in your voice! Listen more deeply. Do something a little bit goofy. Embrace your customers! / Be the happiness you wish to see in this world!” You know, it makes such a huge difference in my day when I encounter people who do this and I know I could work a bit harder at being like this myself. I learned a while back that we don’t feel happy and then behave happy–we behave happy and then we feel happy. I also believe that happiness is a habit, whether you apply that to work, homelife, or just plain old livin’ — it make sense! Thanks for this, Lance. I’ll stand a little taller tomorrow and smile a little wider, with these words fresh in my mind. 🙂
.-= Jodi at Joy Discovered´s Last Fabulous Post ..Is Life Fair? =-.


Barbara Swafford September 18, 2009 at 12:17 am

Hi Lance,

Working happy is the only way. Fortunately I work out of a home office, and find every day to be a joy. Sure, there are some days when I wish I could sleep in a little longer, but all in all, I cherish each day I’m blessed with.

I’m smiling at you. 🙂 See! (and at Karl, too)
.-= Barbara Swafford´s Last Fabulous Post ..Tapping Into A Larger Audience =-.


Bern September 18, 2009 at 1:12 am

I sense a difference between work and vocation.

Work implies an expenditure of energy and has an overall negative conotation in today’s society. It is something that people feel they have to do. Energy is lost to the acitivity.

A vocation, however, is like a calling where an individual feels they are making a difference in society. If one enjoys what they do, they are actually gaining energy.

Gravitate towards that which resonates with you. Otherwise, one’s vibration is slowly spiraling downwards. This is the result of work. Climb the highest Mountains and always continue to enjoy the views.


Jonathan Beebe September 18, 2009 at 1:12 am

We should all definitely take steps to choose to be in a happy mood. Even now, working in the exact matter that I would ever choose to (for myself at home), there are times that I don’t feel very productive or unmotivated. It’s all about making the right adjustments in your mind.

However, in my previous “job” at a warehouse, it was very difficult to stay happy and positive so I decided it was time to leave and pursue being self-employed. The journey was tough, and it took a lot of courage and self-discipline to follow through with my plan, but I’ve never regretted one moment of it.

Thanks for the very insightful article!
.-= Jonathan Beebe´s Last Fabulous Post ..“Tumblelogging” for Personal Development =-.


Lance September 18, 2009 at 5:33 am

@Caroline – Being a stay at home Mom can be one of the most difficult and most rewarding jobs of all. What a great way to help your children start their lives out, with YOU as their teacher. And in a way, like any job, there are moments that are challenging. What you certainly have, that not all jobs do, is a very real and deep love for what you do. And that can make all the difference. Very awesome, Caroline!

@Lori – When you have passion for your work, this can add a dimension that makes working so much more enjoyable. And in turn, that can really add to your own happiness factor. And that’s such a great reason to find those things which you are passionate about! And Lori, having grown up in farm country myself…I can relate to your barn scene (although it wasn’t every time that I enjoyed it!).

@Sami – Okay, so I gave you the heebie jeebies (hopefully they’re gone now!). And having visited Pike Place Market last summer, now I’m wishing I would have read this book first. Well…maybe it just means another trip!! When you have fun at your job, your days just become so much more enjoyable! So, I love the story you’ve shared – so fitting here! And I’ll concur, Karl is filled with some amazing ideas (well…and so are you Sami!).

@Robin Easton – Isn’t that a fun photo, Robin! And what you’re saying here today, I’m touched deeply. It is an honor to know you, and you add such richness to everyone you touch. And that is shown right here and always in the comments you leave. And that, today, makes me very happy! What a wonderful way to start my day! Robin, to you too – much love and hugs…

@Evita – Ha! That’s funny! Yes, this kind of has Karl written all over it, doesn’t it! And your story as of working in a pharmacy is a great example of recognizing when we’re in a position that isn’t serving us well, and having the courage to move onto something more. And I love how you continue to evolve, and in that, you continue to dig deeper into who you really are. Evita, it’s like watching a wonderful present be opened up, as you continue to expand and grow in who you are! So wonderful to watch!

@Jodi – Hi Jodi! And that’s just it, we are impacted by the people we’re around. So, if we’re around others who exude happiness and joy, we tend to veer a little more in that direction ourselves. So, if we can do that in our own live, just show a bit more happiness – think of how that can be making such a positive difference in our world! And making it a habit, I love that thought, Jodi! Because it’s then becoming part of who we are – of which I happen to believe that deep within each of us, this true joy does live. Jodi, it’s so good to have you here today!

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. Working happy adds so much to our days. And when we’re in this spot, what a wonderful way to experience life! And thanks for the smile, Barbara! I’m smiling back… 🙂

@Bern – The word vocation does certainly have a ring of something that’s been chosen with much care. And whatever you call that which bring you deep meaning and you do regularly – if this is something that resonates with you – then that is the place to be. And that is very much a gaining of energy, both in our own world, and the worlds of others that we touch! Great thoughts!

@Jonathan – You bring up a great point, Jonathan – this idea that even in the best of positions, there will still be moments when we’re not as motivated or happy as we could be. At that point, it is about making some adjustments – whatever that is for each of us. And it’s so good to read about your own personal journey toward a life that is now providing much happiness for you! What a great place for you to be!


Laurie September 18, 2009 at 8:14 am

I am happy at work Lance! In working for myself, the pressure and deadlines I have, are self created. The only one shaking a finger at me is….well, me. It’s as if my business is this huge, I don’t know, project or game or something like that. It’s a series of smaller riddles to be solved and I can solve them if I think about it and use some creativity.

I lose track of the days but that is a good thing. I’m not really thinking about the days but which tasks I want or need to tackle that day. I really feel that my business, the idea for it and how it is working out, is a gift from God. How could I not work happy knowing that?

Have a happy day!


Mindful Mimi September 18, 2009 at 9:07 am

I totally dig this! I have been applying this and it really works. I am happy and noone can get me down 🙂
When you can’t get the happiness from your job and you don’t have the luxury of quitting cause you have a mortgage to pay, there are other ways to surround that and become happy despite the dull job you may have.
I have started organising creative workshops at work and it has increased my happiness and communication of the people overall. When you start something fun to you, it catches on and suddenly all sorts of people come up to you with ideas etc. It sprouts.
You are responsible for how you feel. If you cannot change the work you are doing and you cannot leave it, then change something around it: during lunchtime is ideal. What can you do during lunchtime? Setup a class, create a group working on a subject that inspires you, create your own personal fun area at work etc. The ideas are endless.
Thanks Lance and be happy.
.-= Mindful Mimi´s Last Fabulous Post ..Children see… Children do…Make your influence positive =-.


Sagan September 18, 2009 at 11:05 am

It’s so important to really enjoy life! Any negative thought can be turned around with a change of perspective.
.-= Sagan´s Last Fabulous Post ..Life Lessons: Replacement =-.


Kaushik September 18, 2009 at 12:54 pm

It’s a great post. It points out that we spend a great deal of thought and energy in trying to be happy in so many ways. Joy is right here, right inside. I think it was Lester Levenson who said it is either simple or impossible.
.-= Kaushik´s Last Fabulous Post ..Days of Our Discontent — Finding Answers =-.


Angelia Sims September 18, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Hi Lance! Great post. I can only imagjne a world without a case of the Mondays. 😛 This really lifted me. I am struggling with the negative energy at work for the last year. I love what I do, it’s just the people around me, so I really need to take to heart your words and apply them. RADIATE LIFE!!
.-= Angelia Sims´s Last Fabulous Post ..Take a ride with me….. =-.


Lance September 19, 2009 at 4:27 am

@Laurie – I know you’re doing work you really love, Laurie. Loosing track of days…how wonderful is that! And when we think back to our Source, to our God – and His role in our lives – wow! There is so much to be happy about!

@Mimi – “I am happy and noone can get me down” — Mimi, what a beautiful attitude to have! And the word “sprout”…I love that too! Gosh, this whole comment is just loaded with so much happiness! I think what you are doing is so filled with a deep happiness within you, and it’s so great to see that blossoming. I know we’ve talked about some of this in the past, and that makes reading about it here even better! Keep on stepping out of that box…

@Sagan – Hi Sagan. This all reminds me of the word “choice”. Something so important to remember in all aspects of our daily lives…

@Kaushik – Thank you! I like that…simple or impossible. And it’s definitely inside of us…is that an easy spot for us to access?

@Angelia – Hi Angelia! Thanks for stopping over! And that’s so true – it can very often be the negative vibrations from others that really affects those they’re near. It doesn’t mean we can’t rise up above that negativity, it’s just more difficult when we’re near it. You DO radiate life, Angelia! Do take that with you to the workplace…


Caity September 19, 2009 at 9:33 pm

That is awesome! I personally love my job. I teach middle schoolers and then I go to work at an after school program at the YMCA. It’s so rewarding and I come home feeling happy every day, even if I feel tired sometimes. 🙂
.-= Caity´s Last Fabulous Post ..More dumpster buddies! =-.


Tabitha@ichoosebliss.net September 20, 2009 at 1:55 am

Of course this is my kind of post, because Happy should have been my middle name. I work from home, so I’m very creative with each day. The main objective though is to infect others with my happy happy joy joy feelings. (:


Hilary September 20, 2009 at 2:25 am

Hi Lance and Karl .. Work Happy Now – absolutely .. people seem to be in jobs just for the monthly cheque. It would make their lives so much easier and happier if they just worked to please .. and saw pleasure in all the small things of life.

Fortunately I am happy by nature .. and do my best to exude this across to others – at least he positivity side of it .. and bring laughter to people. I’m in one of those dilemmas now – my uncle is in the hospice .. and I bounce in and he is quite normal (in for 2 week respite) .. in fact realises his time has come (86) and isn’t regretting life .. we laugh etc .. difficult when everyone else is around – sitting morosely with not much to say .. yesterday his welcome was .. I suppose you’ve come to see the corpse! I burst out laughing .. I do the same with my mother .. she was belly laughing yesterday .. I’m so lucky. It has helped others at my mother’s Nursing Centre .. relatives and patients, and staff for that matter ..

Thanks – work happy .. at all times ..
Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
.-= Hilary´s Last Fabulous Post ..What did the charcoal hawker start …? =-.


Lance September 20, 2009 at 6:12 am

@Caity – Teaching is such an important vocation. You are helping to shape the future of our country, and that’s a pretty awesome thing! And that you love your job makes it even more connecting for the kids you’re working with – very cool!

@Tabitha – Happy as your middle name…Tabitha, I love that! Keep radiating happiness, it’s infectious!

@Hilary – Laughter in those difficult moments of life…something I’ve been thinking about recently. So, this is so good to read today. And really think about, what happiness is really all about – in all the moments of our life. Great additions here, Hilary! Thank you!


Rose September 20, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Such an uplifting post, but it isn’t always easy to be happy.
.-= Rose´s Last Fabulous Post ..The name Meme =-.


Jennifer September 29, 2009 at 9:22 pm

It is all a choice, isn’t it Lance. It’s something I know you’ve heard me say more than once. I see this particular issue as a fine line sometimes. Sure it is our choice to be happy no matter what, but if we are in a job that is totally against out natural being and talent then how happy can we truly be doing something we hate? I think if that is the case we need to exercise our choice to find a job, a career that’s meaningful, that gives us life. Until we find that, yes I believe we can choose to be happy where we are at and make the most of the situation. I don’t know. Maybe I’m way off here, but it’s something that I’ve thought quiet a bit about. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for the reminder to choose to be happy. And thank you for always spreading happiness Lance!
.-= Jennifer´s Last Fabulous Post ..What Do You See? =-.


Angelia Sims October 2, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Was just thinking of you and this post, as a co-worker and I are singing in our cubicles at work. It’s only noon and all we’ve done is change, change, change……but that’s OK. Loudly and proudly now….

Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase
Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passing craze

It means no worries for the rest of your days

It’s our problem-free philosophy
Hakuna Matata!

*Disney’s-The Lion King-lyrics*
.-= Angelia Sims´s Last Fabulous Post ..Engaged!!! =-.


Lance October 2, 2009 at 4:32 pm

@Rose – Hi Rose. No, sometimes it’s not easy to be happy. The important thing, I think, is that we always remember we have a choice. So, yes there’ll be moments that aren’t happy, especially if we’re in a less-than-ideal position. And maybe that’s the time to look for something else, that brings us more in line with what matters to us.

@Jennifer – Hi Jennifer. Well…that’s a great point. If we’re in a position that is bringing us much unhappiness, then we’re probably not where we should be. And sometimes, finding something different can be easy. And then we should. Other times, it might take a while, be financially difficult, or be a challenge for any number of reasons. And that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to move into something more aligned with who we are – we should. It could be, though, that this could take time, too. And in that time, we can still choose how to respond to our current environment. So, I don’t think you’re way off at all, Jennifer. In fact, I think this is exactly what we should do when we’re not feeling aligned with where we’re at. These are great thoughts, and thoughts worth spreading. Sometimes, we can feel stuck in a “dead end” job, when in reality – we might just be a phone call, or an idea, or a contact, or whatever – away from something much more ideal.

@Angelia – That’s awesome, Angelia!! Hakuna Matata is an awesome philosophy! (and I love the avatar!!)


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