Let’s face it, it seems like most of the population gets up every morning and prepares themselves for a job they don’t enjoy. There are very few people that can say they love what they do, so what about the rest? Believe it or not there are 7 little tips that can help you be happier at work.
Start each day with a positive attitude
Despite what happened yesterday or the day before that, walk into work with a positive attitude. Realize that each day can be a day filled with new opportunities and chances to learn if you are open to them. Not only will your co-workers see the difference in you, your boss might as well. Changing the way they interact with you and you with them.
Take a break
Spending 8-10 hours a day at work can make anyone unhappy. Reward your hard work by stepping away from your desk at lunch time if possible. It will give you the much needed time to unwind and return refreshed for the remaining work day. Consider a walk around the block if it is nice outside.
It is a known fact the certain food and drink such as herbal teas, walnuts or a bowl of oatmeal in the morning can help boost your mood. Instead of reaching for a chocolate bar or a bag of chips for your afternoon snack, try and come prepared with a healthy snack.
Find co-workers with common interests
Sometimes the small things can bring a little bit of happiness. Having a conversation with someone you enjoy talking with can be one of them. This may not be possible everyday due to your work load but take time when you can to say a quick hello to the friends at work.
Know your limits
In the corporate world the work day seems longer and the deadlines shorter. So many of us push past that barrier of what we are physically, emotionally, and mentally capable of to complete the task at hand. Know your limits. Pack it in for the night if you need to, or take a much needed break. When we are tired, our mood declines and we are incapable of concentrating on what need to be done.
Stay away from office gossip
Talking about others can seem to boost the mood, but in the long run its negativity can start to wear us down. For where ever there are people talking about others, there are others talking about you. This can lead to mistrust in relationships, so veer away from the gossip to remain happier in your work environment.
Let go of the worries before you go to bed
Too many of us suffer from sleep deprivation due to worrying too much before we go to bed. Lack of sleep can make us stressed and grumpy. If possible, let go of the worries of the day before you get into bed. Find a relaxing activity to do beforehand such as reading. If you wake up each day feeling refreshed, you may feel happier at work.
Even though most of us don’t have much of a choice in where we work, make it a choice in how you spend your days there. We spend most of our waking hours at work, so why not be happy in the meantime?