How to be happier at work

Happy at work

Earlier this year we gave eight examples of what you can do to be happier at work. Now that we’re coming up to the end of the year, we thought it would be great to share even more ideas so you can ensure you leave for the Christmas holidays feeling as positive and enthusiastic as possible.

Know your personal limits

Your job may sometimes seem like the most important thing in the world but we all have personal limits and boundaries that should be stuck to and respected. If you let work situations violate your privacy or your integrity, don’t be afraid to say no. Doing something purely because you feel you have to will not make you happy in the long run.

Let yourself daydream

Most of us spend at least 40 hours a week sitting in the office so it’s obvious that from time to time, your thoughts are going to wander. Try not to beat yourself up about this however because it can actually be very productive. Frequently, it’s when you let your thoughts go that you are more likely to get the ideas that are going to make you more unique and competitive.

Don’t allow yourself to hate anyone

Hate is a very strong emotion that is guaranteed to eat away at your energy, health and happiness. If something is bothering you in the workplace whether it’s a particular task, colleague or manager but it can be changed, take action. If there is nothing that can be done about it however, you’re much better off learning to forgive and forget because otherwise you will make yourself miserable.

Don’t let your past affect your future

We’ve all made mistakes in the past and had wrongs inflicted on us but it’s best to let them go. Dwelling on negative past events is only going to make you bitter, resentful and can even affect your future. It’s impossible to move forward if you’re always worrying about the past so try to live every day as it comes and let the insignificant things slide.

Remember that you are responsible for your own happiness

We all have bad days and whilst there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, if you are consistently miserable at work then you owe it to yourself and your colleagues to find another job that makes you happy. If you’re just going through a busy or stressful period – this is normal and is likely to happen from time to time in every job. However, if you dread going in every single day and find yourself excluding yourself from colleagues and responsibilities because you’re so unhappy, it’s probably time to move on.

Are there any special techniques you adopt when you’re not feeling so great at work? Let us know your thoughts below.


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