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8 Effective Habits That Will Make You Happier at the Office

May 2, 2019
Like working out or eating healthy, being happier is something you have to work on; it’s a skill that takes practice. Read our 8 steps to practice bringing happiness into the workplace.
8 Effective Habits That Will Make You Happier at the Office

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama

We all have our good days and bad days, and everyone’s relationship with work is unique. But there are small ways to improve any job, and those incremental improvements can add up to major increases in job satisfaction. Here are 8 simple steps to cultivating an atmosphere of office optimism.

1. Add a personal touch.

We all like to feel connected to our greater lives, even when at your desk. Displaying a photograph of your family, or having your favorite coffee mug at your reach can remind you of what makes you happy.


2. Declutter your desk.

Organization is the key to completing your workload. When you maintain a tidy desk, you are creating the best environment for accomplishing day-to-day tasks. Messy desk = messy mind!


3. Step outside.

It’s amazing what fresh air can do for you! Take a break from your desk and step outside for some sunlight, it will help wake you up and refresh your mind.


4. Greet your colleagues with a smile.

Don’t be the office grump! Make a point of wishing co-workers a good morning or good afternoon and ask them how they are doing. It helps to start the day off on the right foot and spread positivity.


5. Socialize.

Humans are social animals. Being around other people makes us happy, improves our physical well-being, and boosts our mental performance. Spending your lunch break socializing can give you the pick-me-up you need to breeze through the afternoon’s work.


6. Steer clear of toxic people.

Do you have co-workers who approach you and complain about topics in their work? If you can structure your days to minimize your interaction with people who thrive on confrontation, negativity, and bullying, do so. Be mindful of not doing the same to others in order to find happiness at work.


7. Focus on the wins.

Just about every day, we do something great. It may be small, such as making a colleague their favorite drink or getting that report done before it is due.

Take a moment every day to think about how you have impacted your company positively that day. Work harder tomorrow to do even more.


8. Have pride in what you do.

Those with pride in their work have better outcomes and are generally more positive.

Take a few moments of extra care and attention with that next task, and work on improving your work over time.

No position is without its challenges and tough days, but positive work habits can do a lot towards being more productive and having a better experience at work. Remember to choose happiness over negativity, and be mindful of your mood, and you’ll be reaping the benefits in no time!