MELBOURNE: If you think being happy at work involves a very healthy pay check, awesome parties and a cool boss, chances are you're probably not quite there. While cool perks ultimately help people enjoy their job, two Australian academicians claim that loving your job is a skill that can be learnt, even by the most disgruntled worker.

Psychology experts Sue Langley and colleague Mel Neil, who have developed a university-recognised diploma in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, said that anyone can learn to love their job and be successful if they’re prepared to learn how.

Using research about the human brain and applying it to business, the women said that the diploma not only helps people increase productivity, but can also result in businesses suffering fewer sick days.
They said that those studying it have been shown to be happier at work as it “teaches people to be happier both personally and professionally.”

And by undertaking courses within the degree - such as positive relationships and communication workers - workers are ultimately better able to deal with stress and build more effective social networks.

They also said that it helps increase effective communication meaning people are more likely to work together in teams, which lead to significantly better performance in the workplace.

By setting positive goals, workers are more likely to be challenged and motivated, leading to a happier overall outlook and therefore become more fulfilled workers, they claimed.

(Agencies)

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