Everybody wants to be happy, even at work. We spend a lot of time at work after all. Plus, when we are happy at work, we are likely to also be happier in the rest of our life. We believe that Happiness at Work should be on the list of top-priorities of all organisations, big and small.
How to be Happy at Work:
The last week of September is international Week of Happiness at Work. To commemorate this we’re sharing our top tips for being happy each day at work:
Give yourself rewards
If you don’t love the things on the to-do list in front of you, try bribing yourself with incentives. Think along the lines of: “If I finish this report, then I can go get a cup of my favourite tea from the place down the street,”. You could even create a rewards jar to stay motivated and happy for weeks to come!
Create a motivational playlist to boost your mood
Music can seriously improve your mood (and productivity) when you’re having a bad day. Pull together some of your favorite songs and use the beats to keep you going through the day.
Set aside time for personal tasks
We all have personal responsibilities to attend to. But sometimes, those pressing thoughts gnaw away at your brain, and anxiety soon follows. Consider taking just 20 minutes per day to accomplish a couple of pressing personal tasks. Whether you’re arranging your child’s after-school pickup schedule for the week or making that dinner reservation for your best friend’s birthday, setting aside personal time can help you feel more at ease and happier in the office.
Eat foods that boost your mood
If you haven’t had lunch yet or are looking around for the midday desk snack, make sure that it includes at least one of these 10 nutrients. They are scientifically proven to help regulate mood on an internal level. Plus, you can find these nutrients in foods that you love, so happy eating!
Smiling makes you feel happier. Simple as that. Research has discovered that smiling, whether it’s natural or forced, causes your brain to interpret that physical reaction as positive and will then recognize whatever activity you’re doing as being enjoyable. So, put on a cheesy grin while you’re typing up that report, and you might just find yourself feeling a little bit better about it.
Spend your commute thinking of 3 good things that happened today
Thinking about what you are grateful for—and very clearly identifying those things—has been proven to offer social, psychological, emotional, and even physical benefits (think better sleep, less sickness, and improved happiness).
Remember your value
When you’re burnt out, it’s hard to remember why you’re doing what you do. Take some time to step back and think about past projects and achievements you’re proud of and how they’ve changed the company in a positive way. Then, map out a plan to take those accomplishments to the next level by developing a new set of goals you can get excited about. You should always have a goal (or three) to keep you motivated about how you can bring more value to your employer.