10 little ways you can be happier at work

We all want to work in a happy workplace. While most employers make an effort to create and maintain a strong, engaging, inclusive, and happy culture, there is only so much they can do. While workplace culture and work-life balance play an important role, YOU have the most impact on your level of happiness at work.

Your mental health is an important aspect of your career and overall well-being. You spend a lot of time at work and with your coworkers. So, why not focus on making it a happy experience? You have the power to make it happen. 

how to be happier at work

how to improve your happiness at work

You can control your level of happiness at work. Here are some effective and easy-to-implement ways to improve your level of happiness at work:

  1. choose to be happy
    Being happy is a choice you make. You can choose to see things through a positive lens and be happy, or you can choose to look at things in a negative light. Things won’t always be perfect at work, but how you approach things will make a huge difference. Think positive and focus on being happy – you’ll enjoy your job more.
  2. use positive language
    Building on the previous point, the language you use can affect your mindset. Focus on using positive language when speaking with coworkers, talking about work, and interacting with others. Try to refrain from gossip, speaking ill of others, and talking down about the company.
  3. create a morning routine that pumps you up
    What motivates you? What gets you going in the morning? Is it a specific song? A podcast or morning show? Is there a particular type of breakfast that energizes you for the day? Having good habits will help you be happy in general. Find a morning routine that pumps you up and gets you ready to take on the challenges you’ll face each day.
  4. switch up your routine often
    Doing the same thing, at the same time, each day at work can make it feel like Groundhog Day – the feeling like you are repeating the same thing over again. Changing up your routine will help you keep things fresh and also help you maintain a positive mindset.
  5. do at least one task you love every day
    There is a reason why you applied for the current job you have. You likely have something that you really enjoy about your role – make sure you prioritize it, champion it, and take pride in this task. If you do something you enjoy each day, you will have something to look forward to. If you cannot find it at work, find it in your personal life.
  6. take control of your personal development
    People are meant to grow. You want to evolve and advance your career. Only you have control over your personal development. You need to take the initiative and take advantage of the opportunities offered by your employer. Ask your manager or HR rep about professional development programs, mentoring, coaching, and skill development offered by the company. Focusing on growth and moving ahead will give you something to look forward to and help you progress your career.
  7. work on a team project or socialize
    We are by nature social creatures. People enjoy the company of others. Improve your happiness at work by socializing with colleagues, establishing personal connections, working on team projects and becoming an active team player. Contribute to the company culture and make your mark.
  8. be brave and take risks
    No one wants to look back and think about what could have been. When there is risk, there is reward. Don’t be afraid to take calculated risks. Some risks may not work, but when they do, you’ll be rewarded. If you want more responsibility in your job, ask for it. If you want a promotion, take the steps to get it. If you have an idea, speak with your boss about it. You’ll be happy you took the risk and can build confidence in your abilities.
  9. take a lunchtime walk or stay active throughout the day
    Sometimes you just need to get away and clear your head. Taking a walk or hitting the gym at lunch is a great way to do both. For some people, just getting out of the building and getting some fresh air and having some time to yourself allows you to recharge mentally.
  10. use your vacation and work-from-home days
    Everyone needs a break from work. Make sure you use your vacation days to recharge your mind and body. If you can work from home, do it to change things up. A little time away from work can have a huge impact on your level of focus, sharpness, and overall happiness at work.

Being happy at work is important. If you are struggling to find happiness at work, try the above strategies. YOU have the ability to make the best of your situation.

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