Research into that elusive beast known as happiness suggests that the frequency of positive events happening throughout the day is more important than the intensity of a positive experience. So better, those happy researchers say, to have 15 small happy events spread out throughout the day, rather than just one big happy event. In the workplace, researchers have found that work happiness is far more dependent on the routine moment-to-moment interactions than on more stable long term conditions (such as salary or job title).
There’s no getting around the fact that attitude drives success at work, starting with how you view your job. Yale researcher Amy Wrzesniewski studies how our mental conceptions of work impacts performance.