Alexander Kjerulf, the founder of Woohoo Inc., is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on happiness in the workplace. Referring to himself as the Chief Happiness Officer, Kjerulf has spoke at conferences in over 30 countries and presented his happiness strategies to top companies such as Microsoft and HP. With four books currently published, Kjerulf has much experience to share with the world. Here is a look at some of the best Alexander Kjerulf quotes to remember.
“Being happy at work makes you more energetic, productive, motivated, creative and successful. That is what we need more of. That is how we will work from now on. With happiness.”
“Being happy at your job is success. If you’re not happy with your job, then build a brand that reflects who you are and be recruited or start a company based on that.”
“Don’t work harder, work happier.”
“Get up and move at work today! Don’t spend the whole day on your butt. Take a walk. Get some exercise. Play a game. Move!”
“Happiness at work is not about eliminating all the bad stuff from your job. It’s about being happy at work even though some of these bad things are present. It’s about building your skills and your energy to fix the problems, and to create more and more positive experiences at work.”
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— Alexander Kjerulf (@alexkjerulf) March 9, 2016
“If you slave away every day at a job you hate and come home drained and frustrated, what is that teaching your kids?”
“It’s time we stopped putting up with unhappy workplaces and bad bosses. Unhappiness at work is not a minor annoyance. It makes us tired, stressed and negative. Worst case, it makes us sick or kills us.”
“Many, many people seem to think that sometimes you’ve just got to knuckle down and take that sucky job because you need the money. You can be a student paying your tuition, a new graduate paying off your student loans, a new home owner struggling to make the mortgage or any number of other situations that mean you depend on a steady income.”
“Most people chase success at work, thinking that will make them happy. The truth is that happiness at work will make you successful.”
“Remember: Research shows that emotions are contagious. How will you infect others at work today?”
“See, happiness at work is an emotion. It comes from inside of you, and like all other emotions it is difficult to define, but inescapable once it’s present. Or not present. Can you define love? Poets have tried for thousands of years and aren’t getting much closer. But when you’re feeling love, you’re acutely aware of it, even though you have no formal definition.”
— Alexander Kjerulf (@alexkjerulf) December 1, 2015
“Seriously: Do you want to spend your working life simply being satisfied? When you look back on 50 years spent in business, do you want to be able to say, “Well, I was satisfied”?? No! Make happiness your goal. As in, “Let’s make this a workplace where people are happy to work.” As in, “I’ve been working for 50 years now, and it absolutely rocks! To me work is challenging, stimulating and just plain fun.”
“Studies consistently show that happy companies are way more productive, creative and service-oriented than unhappy ones. Therefore, the happy companies will beat the pants off the unhappy ones in the market place. The future of business is happy! It’s inevitable.”
“The path to happiness at work starts with a simple decision: You must want to be happy. If you don’t commit to being happy at work, you won’t be. You won’t make the choices that make you happy. You won’t take the actions needed to get there. You won’t change the things that need to change.”
“Want to have better and more effective meetings? Get rid of the tables in your meeting room. It’s weird but it works.”
“When in doubt, ask yourself this: What would a really happy person do? Then do that.”
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— Alexander Kjerulf (@alexkjerulf) October 14, 2015
“When we’re unhappy at work we get a lot more competitive, for one simple reason: When work doesn’t give us happiness and enjoyment we want to get something else out of it. And what else is there but compensation and promotions.”
“Who will you make happy at work today? What will you do? Remember – really small things can have a huge effect.”
“You can’t be happy at work every day. No matter how much you love your job, there are still going to be bad days. And that’s cool—it’s always OK to have a bad day at work.”
“You know you’ve found your calling, when you would rather do it and fail, than not do it.”
“You make a difference for every single person you come into contact with at work. Is that difference for the better or worse?”
“You will spend more of your waking hours at work than anything else. If that time doesn’t make you happy it’s a huge waste of life.”
Alexander Kjerulf discusses the instrumental role that happiness plays in an individual’s career, life, and success. Listen to this Ted talk featuring Alexander Kjerulf in Copenhagen.
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