Happiness at work: It’s an inside, personal job, by Sharon Andrews

Sharon Andrews, a colleague and the media and legislative liaison for Christian Science for Indiana, shares her spiritual perspective on how to achieve and maintain a happy and productive work experience.  Recent studies have revealed that stress, boredom and apathy at work can produce chronic health problems manifesting in both physical and mental illness in employees. Sharon offers three steps that she acknowledges can shift anyone’s mindset out of the ‘doldrums’ to a happier and healthier point of view.  Join me and learn what Sharon has discovered in this joy filled and thoughtful article.

happiness-at-work-photoYou stare at the computer screen.

You quietly check your Facebook news feed.

You daydream about that next vacation.

Most of us have known that I’d-rather-be-anywhere-but-work feeling.

Even though employee wellness and happiness are a greater focus than ever for many companies, a recent Gallup Poll finds that more than 20 percent of employees in North America and Europe are actively disengaged from their jobs.

This apathy, reports Gallup, is also costing the U.S. economy $550 billion a year.

“What if the greatest threat to capitalism,” asked William Davies in a recent Atlantic article, “is simply lack of enthusiasm and activity?”

And, he warns that boredom at work shows up as chronic health problems.

So, what do all these apathetic workers need?

More vacations? Bigger offices?

Most studies indicate that such perks are a temporary boost to on-the-job engagement. They don’t permanently relieve the boredom, stress and depression which some studies indicate can lead to a variety of health issues.

What could permanently conquer employment doldrums?

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org