6 Ways to find happiness at work

6 Ways to find happiness at work

NEW YORK (Fortune) — With widespread job cuts and a recession to deal with, it’s not easy to maintain a positive outlook at work these days. But being upbeat, despite the stress, could actually help you thrive during a downturn.

“Most people make the mistake of thinking that success leads to happiness. In fact, our brains work precisely the other way around,” says Shawn Achor, head of Aspirant, a consulting firm that advises clients like Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500), American Express (AXP, Fortune 500), Credit Suisse (CS), and UBS (UBS) on how to keep morale and productivity up in these extraordinarily difficult times.

A positive approach to the daily grind, he adds, “gives rise to resilience, energy, and the ability to influence other people — all things that create success.”

So if you want to come through this downturn with flying colors — and maybe even a promotion or a raise — you need to think positive.

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