Many of us spend more time at work than we do at home, therefore being happy is very important.

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This is often easier said than done, especially if you don’t particularly enjoy your job – that said, if you don’t enjoy your job you should probably look elsewhere! After all, what is the point in working for a company that has no sense of enjoyment or fun? There isn’t! You will end up stressed and miserable, and this will affect your mood outside of work.

However, we all know that packing up and looking for something new isn’t always possible. Here are our top tips on how to stay happy at work!

1)   Start with a positive attitude.

It’s proven that those of us who actively think positively are actually happier on a day-to-day basis. Try and turn all your negative thoughts into positive ones and be as friendly as possible. This will encourage the people around you to be more positive too!

2)   Take regular breaks

Slogging for long hours isn’t going to improve your mood; even if you have what seems like an endless amount of work to complete. Take a break and engage your mind on something else – maybe read the newspaper. You will return to work refreshed and will be more productive throughout the day.

3)   Get some fresh air

At lunch time, get away from your working environment. Maybe grab lunch out with your colleagues. Eating lunch with your colleagues outside of work is a great way to get to know them on a more personal level which can help you build relationships – great for lifting your mood. Not only this but the fresh air will give you that much needed boost and set you up for the rest of the day. 

4)   Be grateful you have a job.

At the end of the day, you have a job. Yes, you may want to run around the office screaming and shouting at times but it is important to remember that you are in a privileged position.  

5)   You’re getting paid

Not only do you have a job, but you’re getting paid for it. The money that you make from your job allows you to enjoy your life outside of work. We don’t live to work, we work to live!

6)   Ask for feedback

Ask your manager for regular reviews and feedback on your performance, this will help you assess your strengths and weaknesses. It is also a great opportunity to discuss the areas of your job that you find satisfying and the areas that you don’t. You never know, from this you may be able to develop your role into something you enjoy more.  

7)   Make and aim towards regular targets

Try setting yourself regular targets and goals, this will help to keep you motivated throughout the day. Having something to aim towards will help you feel like you are making progress – giving you that much needed job satisfaction.

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