Happiness In Workplace

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The Effect of Happiness in the Workplace on Outside Structures
The subject of human happiness is complex and applicable to many different situations and social structures. It is a widely practiced idea that people generally want to be happy and the means to achieving that happiness can be sought out in a variety of ways. For some, great lengths will be reached to be truly happy in all aspects of an individual’s life, both personal and professional. People may seek happiness through relationships, friendships, companions, in recreational activities, or at work. According to psychological research, there is a strong correlation between workplace happiness on the effects of mood in other activities. Such contentment is achieved by recognizing
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al. hypothesized that positive emotions can be transmitted to the employee’s partner and that positive vigor and dedication are positively related to happiness. This study is one of the only to explore happiness in regards to translation to a partner with association to work. In empirical terms, the study aimed to explore if daily work events and the attitude influenced by those events are carried home in the form of happiness. Their results concluded that the “positive effects of work engagement go beyond the work setting and beyond the employee” (Rodriguez-Munoz, et al. 271). They coined the term “emotional contagion” (Rodriguez-Munoz, et al. 274) in which emotions can be spread like a cold or flu to others, generally in the form a positive correlation. If happiness increases at work, happiness increases at home. The same concept applies in bidirectional …show more content…
He states, “These benefits ripple outward…greater feelings of control at work predicted greater satisfaction in nearly every aspect of life: family, job, relationships, and so on” (Achor 130), when quoting a 2002 National Study of Changing Workforce of 3,000 employees. He goes on to explain that people that felt like they had control at work, even if they actually did not, had lower stress levels and could manage conflict between family and work well. Achor’s suggestion indicates that workplace interactions can play out on other non-work related things. Fellow author, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi explores the world of balancing work and family from a different perspective in his novel, Finding Flow. Csikszentmihalyi argues that you can be a line-level employee who loves their work versus a glamorous, or professional type job that hates their work, that contributes excellence to the quality of life. The love of work allows employees to successfully balance their responsibilities at home, like childcare, cooking, and general raising of a family, with their duties in their career. He further explores the concept of “workaholism” in that it should only be tagged to someone who gives up on non-work responsibilities because they are so involved with their work sphere (Csikszentmihalyi 63). Workaholics are often unable to transcribe their happiness onto others and other

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