36 inspirational quotes on work happiness for productivity

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published 20 May 2022

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Being happy with your current work-life and place of employment is a crucial component of our lives as we dedicate a significant portion of our time to work. There are many factors that contribute to a happy workplace, and everyone strives to achieve a satisfying professional career. Sometimes you need a bit of motivation and inspiration to put things into perspective and change your life. In this article, we list 36 inspirational quotes on work happiness to motivate you to strive for a satisfying work-life balance.

Related: How to be self-motivated (with steps, tips and an example)

Inspirational quotes on work happiness

Many professionals use quotes on work happiness to maintain a healthy and positive mindset when overcoming various challenges at work. Here are some compelling quotes you can review to experience a similar effect:

Quotes about creating a positive mindset

Having and maintaining a positive mindset is crucial not only to your professional life but also to your personal one. A positive mindset can manifest into all aspects of your life, and you may notice that your overall happiness increases. There are natural fluctuations in your day to day mood, but keeping a generally positive mindset and outlook on life can help you create a more productive and satisfying life. Here are some inspiring quotes on creating a positive attitude:

  1. 'Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.' — Dalai Lama

  2. 'The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.' — Confucius

  3. 'A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It's not our thoughts, but our attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering. Attaching to a thought means believing that it's true, without inquiring. A belief is a thought that we've been attaching to, often for years.' — Byron Katie

  4. 'Live the life of your dreams: be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.' — Roy T. Bennett

  5. 'We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.' — Alphonse Karr

  6. 'If you have a dream, don't just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.' — Dr. Roopleen

  7. 'You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making.' — Stephen Richards

  8. 'Optimism is the most important human trait because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation and to hope for a better tomorrow.' — Seth Godin

  9. 'Cultivate an optimistic mind, use your imagination, always consider alternatives and dare to believe that you can make possible what others think is impossible.' — Rodolfo Costa

  10. 'The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life.' — Roy T. Bennett

Related: How to stop overthinking and increase productivity at work

Quotes about resolving conflict at work and positive communication

If there are conflicts or tensions in relationships between team members, the work environment might suffer. Resolving conflict and striving for an atmosphere of positive communication creates a harmonious working relationship with all your peers. This harmonious relationship may result in better productivity and a happier workplace. Here are some motivational quotes to help you with your conflict resolution skills and positive communication:

  1. 'Especially when you're at a high level in an organisation, criticism can be devastating to an employee. I prefer to praise employees for what they're doing right, and it tends to lead to them doing more of the same. Not always, but it's the way I choose to bet.' — Sir Richard Branson

  2. 'Many of us are caught up in our own lives, so rushed and preoccupied, that we acknowledge the people we are interacting with only instrumentally—as a means to an end. We fail to see them as individuals.' — Emily Esfahani Smith

  3. 'Gratitude empowers us to take charge of our emotional lives and, as a consequence, our bodies reap the benefits.' — Robert Emmons

  4. 'Communicate unto the other person that which you would want him to communicate unto you if your positions were reversed.' — Aaron Goldman

  5. 'To effectively communicate, we must realise that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.' — Anthony Robbins

  6. 'Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.' — Patrick Lencioni

  7. 'I think for any relationship to be successful, there needs to be loving communication, appreciation and understanding.' — Miranda Kerr

  8. 'Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing. If you're willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.' — Brian Tracy

  9. 'It's important to make sure that we're talking to each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.' — Barack Obama

  10. 'The best speakers in the world are the best storytellers. They have a gift to not only tell a great story, but also share a lot of the details that many others wouldn't.' — Larry Hagner

Related: A guide to the 7 Cs of communication

Quotes about self-confidence

Self-confidence is a crucial building block to creating a stable and happy personal life, which can then translate to the workplace. You can build your self-confidence through rigorous preparation, positive reinforcement and companionship. If everyone in a team uplifts each other through positive reinforcement, then there may be less pressure on individuals and a more cohesive collaborative effort. Here are some quotes to help with your self-confidence:

  1. 'If management generally overrides people's decisions, they quickly lose motivation to make any decision, which severely inhibits progress.' — Teresa Amabile

  2. 'We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don't like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.' — Carol Dweck

  3. 'Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honourable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.' — Cicero

  4. 'Confidence thrives on honesty, on honour, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.' — Franklin D. Roosevelt

  5. 'If you want something to happen, you have to make people able and you have to make them want to.' — Dr. Steve Kerr

  6. 'Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one obtain and sustain it: work.' — Jack Nicklaus

  7. 'Successful people often exude confidence—it's obvious that they believe in themselves and what they're doing. It isn't their success that makes them confident, however. The confidence was there first.' — Travis Bradberry

  8. 'Confidence comes from knowing what you're doing. If you are prepared for something, you usually do it. If not, you usually fall flat on your face.' — Tom Landry

  9. 'For me, it's always been about preparation, and the more prepared I can be for each week, the less pressure I feel and the more confident I am. As your confidence grows, it's only natural that the pressure you feel diminishes.' — Aaron Rodgers

  10. 'Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.' — Marie Curie

Related: How to build confidence at work

Quotes about focus and determination

A focused and determined individual produces work that challenges their skills and knowledge. When a team in a workplace has a goal to strive for, they'll be focused on achieving it efficiently. Focus may not be easy to maintain and requires effort and a happy work-life balance. Here are some quotes to help sharpen your focus and maintain your determination for workplace purposes:

  1. 'The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.' — Mark Twain

  2. 'Willpower is what separates us from the animals. It's the capacity to restrain our impulses, resist temptation—do what's right and good for us in the long run, not what we want to do right now. It's central, in fact, to civilisation.' — Roy Baumeister

  3. 'That's been one of my mantras—focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.' — Steve Jobs

  4. 'Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.' — Paulo Coelho

  5. 'The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.' — Stephen Richards

  6. 'Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you're doing.' — Leo Babauta

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