Self Improvement

5 Things You Can Do at Work to Be Happier Without Quitting

Quitting is not always the answer and may not be the best for your career. So what should you do if you’re having a tough time at work and dread going to work every morning?

As with most obstacles you encounter in life, it starts with changing your outlook.

1. Over-deliver but never over-commit

Control expectations. If you’re not 110% sure you can deliver on something, never say you can. Don’t worry about looking incompetent. If you continue to over-commit but always come up short, that’s when people will start to lose confidence in your abilities. In fact, you’ll look more impressive at the end of the day when you regularly set realistic expectations and then end up exceeding them.

2. Don’t compare, do better

Everyone has different abilities and strengths. There will always be someone better than you out there, so the worst thing you can do to your self-esteem and confidence is to compare yourself to your colleagues. Instead of festering with envy, focus on bettering yourself and become better than you were yesterday. That way, you’ll maintain your drive without letting negative emotions affect your performance.

3. Learn to laugh at yourself

Work is serious. But that doesn’t mean everything should be serious all the time. It’s easy to take yourself too seriously at work. If you don’t learn to laugh at yourself, you’re setting yourself up to drowning in negative emotions. It’s important to hold yourself accountable for mistakes you’ve made, but when you can turn the negative into something positive, your life at work will become a lot less stressful.

4. It’s okay to say no

Even Superman/woman can fail sometimes, so don’t be scared to say no. Don’t take on more than you can handle because it’s so easy to be taken advantage of. It’s great to take on extra tasks once in a while, but if the extra work is negatively impacting your primary job, just say no.

5. Learn when to agree to disagree

Know when to stop arguing. Even when you know you’re right, that doesn’t mean you should keep talking until you win. Trying to win an argument with a stubborn person is a waste of energy and time. Learn to pick your battles. As long as you know what you need to do, learn to agree to disagree and let it go.

It’s okay to feel fed up and upset. I’ve shed literal tears, sweat, and blood at work before and yeah, it sucks. But learning to nurture a positive attitude will help you bounce back every time. So, get back on your feet and go get ‘em.

Kaitlyn L.

Kaitlyn L.

Kaitlyn is a blogger and professional writer. While specializing in health and relationship topics, she also writes articles on a variety of topics, including culture, food, technology, and politics. Her written work can be found on and Follow her FB page to be the first to read her latest posts:
  • Jessica Burgess

    Perfect! 5 things to do in just about anything in life. Saying No is a big one for me. I even wrote a post on it lol

    • Yeah, I’m still having a hard time turning people down firmly. Always scared to hurt their feelings.

  • Sintija Erte

    Cool! Im happy at my job and kind of i am doing things like this! 🙂

    • That’s good! I’m glad to hear you’re content with your current job! 🙂

  • Lorna Holowaychuk

    This excellent advice which covers many situations.

    • That’s true! These tips are applicable in many situations involving working with others.