Last week I shared 5 Tips to Be Happy at Work. These tips are designed to help you take simple, small steps in an area where you are struggling. You can immediately take action and improve your happiness at work and other areas of life.

I received an email after I posted my list that inspired me do some more thinking and a bit of researching.

While my coaching tips are certainly effective in helping people own their happiness at work (or any area of life) by changing your behavior and responses, sometimes overall life happiness requires some work at a deeper level. 

For some, there is unresolved trauma behind why we aren’t happy at work – or in general.

Here are some facts:

  • Neuroscience and neuropsychobiology is making clearer connections between trauma (small or big) and the impacts on mind and body. 
  • According to the adverse childhood experiences (ACES) questionnaire report; 66% of those who completed the questionnaire had experienced some childhood trauma.
  • The effects of trauma can cause unhappiness, and a host of other emotions that can impact your life. 

While I am not a therapist, this background information can be useful if you need to dig deeper into resolving the root cause of your unhappiness.

In other words, if you find that coaching tips are not working, there may be a deeper issue to uncover.

Here are some resources:

Coping with Emotional and Psychological Trauma

How Some People Find Happiness after a Traumatic experience

Happiness is a Choice

Even after trauma, we can choose to be happy. This happens by doing the inner work and re-teaching ourselves how to embrace joy again.

Do you have other thoughts about what makes you happy at work or how to uncover the root cause of your happiness?  Please reply and let me know. 

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Betty Lochner is a human resources consultant, business coach, and expert in workplace communications. She is the author of two books on communication, and a newly published journal, Intentional Gratitude.