As a small business owner, sometimes it’s hard not to feel a little overwhelmed, or to get run down by the responsibilities of being the boss. So it’s important to try to make sure you pay attention to your happiness tank and take steps to keep it full. And if you can’t do it for yourself — do it for your business.

Research has shown that happier people are more productive, more engaged in their work, and are better employees all around. According to an article in The Guardian, a team of economists led by Andrew Oswald has shown this in a recent study. They stated that “we find that human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity, positive emotions appear to invigorate human beings, while negative emotions have the opposite effect.”

With that in mind, it’s clear how your own mental state can have big implications for your business. What can you do to ensure your happiness and satisfaction as an entrepreneur? Mashable has some ideas. A recent article published on American Express OPEN Forumsuggests these 5 methods for How To Be Happy as a Digital Entrepreneur. While these are specifically for people in the digital space, we think they’re pretty widely applicable. You can check out the full Mashable article for all the details, but in the interest of time management, here’s a quick rundown:

1. Don’t Be Afraid of Failure

2. Don’t Get Bogged Down in the Negative

3. Silence the Inner Critic

4. Make Time for Yourself

5. Remember Why You Started Your Business

Do you have any other advice for entrepreneurs from your own experience? We’d love to hear it!

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4 Responses

  1. Reply
    Krishna Parmar
    Apr 17, 2013 - 07:49 AM

    Yes, you are right! Worry gives us nothing and positive feeling with the positive attitude makes us feel happy and it gives extra favor to your business!

  2. Reply
    Thomas Ault
    Apr 19, 2013 - 01:08 PM

    One word, patience….this is the key to all success…if you have patience and don’t fall into that “half cup empty” syndrome you will succeed.

  3. Reply
    Roman Przewodnik Po Warszawie
    Apr 22, 2013 - 08:55 PM

    The happy boss is happy employees:)

  4. Reply
    ex zurück
    Mar 22, 2014 - 03:44 PM

    Hey, You are right! I look at Tim Ferris. He gives good hints for building our small business.

    Time is a very great problem at all. To find the right priorities also!

    Uli

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