Top Tips to Boost Your Happiness at Work

14 Jan 2013

Going through a rough patch on the job? Check out these ways to boost your mood and have a happier work day

all get the Monday blues from time to time, but there are ways to improve your
working life and be happy at work. If you're going through a rough patch or lacking
job satisfaction, we've got ways to change that

Feel happier at work, tip 1: Organise your working

If your work day often leaves you feeling stressed
and overwhelmed, it is time to calm things down by getting more organised.
Firstly, make sure you arrive a few minutes early for work to give you time to
organise your tasks for the day and get mentally prepared. Secondly, organise
your space by clearing away any clutter and streamlining your workspace (this
includes clearing your desk and deleting old emails). Finally, make a list of
everything that you need to do that day in order of priority. If you can, try
taking care of the more difficult things first to help take a weight off your

Feel happier at work, tip 2: Brighten up your desk

Research has shown that workers who have input into
the design of their workspace are up to 40 per cent happier than those who do
not. While you may not have the authority (or inclination) to decorate or
rearrange your whole office or work place, try brightening up your individual
area by purchasing some nice stationery, putting up a photo of a happy occasion,
a funny calendar or small piece of artwork, or getting a nice plant for your
desk. A happy environment makes a happy worker!

Feel happier at work, tip 3: Wear a mood-boosting

While many of us are required to adhere to a dress
code for work or even wear a uniform, if you do have more freedom to dress as
you wish, try opting for clothes or accessories that boost your mood. Whether
you opt for a piece of jewellery that reminds you of a special memory, a
colourful bag to brighten up your day, that confidence-boosting outfit, or even
your favourite underwear beneath it all, adding something special to your
worn-in work attire can really brighten your day and make you feel happy within

Feel happier at work, tip 4: Add some variety to
your working day

They say variety is the spice of life, and this is
never truer than when it comes to your working day. Following the same routine
day in, day out can quickly cause boredom and dissatisfaction to set in, so try
making every day a little different in any way you can. Try doing routine tasks
in a different order, talking to someone new or taking a different route to
work (perhaps even using a different mode of transport, such as cycling, if you
can). If you really can’t shake up your work day itself, instead try organising
something fun and different to do on your lunch break every so often.

Feel happier
at work, tip 5: Get active in your lunch break

If your working day is getting you down, try giving yourself an instant
happiness boost by squeezing some exercise into your lunch break. Exercise is
good for boosting self-esteem and letting off stress, and it also releases
chemicals in the brain such as endorphins and anandamide which can boost your
mood and leave you feeling great. If you have shower facilities at work you
could go for a lunchtime run. Alternatively, a brisk walk around the shops will
get your heart rate up without working up a sweat.

Feel happier
at work, tip 6: Snack on ‘happy foods’

Got a tough day ahead? Then make sure you pack some healthy snacks for work to
keep your spirits up and boost your mood. Certain nutrients in food can affect
how we feel, so try stocking up on well-known happiness-inducing foods such as
walnuts (for Omega-3 fatty acids), bananas (for serotonin-producing tryptophan
and relaxing magnesium) and wholegrains (for mood-boosting B vitamins). Also,
stick to low-GI foods for slow-release energy, as low blood sugar levels can
lead to depression and fatigue.

Feel happier
at work, tip 7: Be positive and friendly towards your colleagues

Regardless of how you feel, try to adopt a positive and friendly attitude when
talking to colleagues – yes, even the ones who get on your nerves! Try to
resolve any conflicts, avoid office gossip, and treat everyone as you would
like to be treated, and you may find that you get the same in return.
Furthermore, research shows that the act of smiling can actually make you feel
happier, so try to paste on a smile however you really feel – it may just boost
your mood and your workplace happiness.

Feel happier
at work, tip 8: Appreciate the fact that you have a job

If you know that your job isn't the one for you but are stuck with it for now,
try to make the best of what you've got. The job may not be permanent, but
going to it every day with no sense of purpose (other than to get through to
the end of the day) will quickly get you down. Try to identify a sense of
purpose or positives of doing the job, whether it is noting that the position
is getting you nearer to your dream job, helping others in some way, or giving
you an opportunity to build on certain skills. If you think positive then your
mood will naturally improve.

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