On completing our education, we move on to a career – it could either be an ambition and passion that we have nurtured all our lives or it could simply be a job that we have been able to lay our hands on so that we can earn money to secure the rest of our life. Whatever it is, don’t forget that almost all of us spend more than 70% of our adult life and most of our waking hours working – consequently, if we want to live a happy life, is very important to be happy at work.

Try these tips to stay happy at work

#1 Set Goals
Setting goals improves your mood because everybody likes taking control of their own life. Figure out attainable short and long-term goals, then create a step-by-step plan to complete them. You’ll find new purpose in each workhour and could even set yourself up for a raise at the year’s end by showing your boss exactly what you’ve accomplished.

#2 Make your work easier and better
List all the tasks you need to accomplish at the end of the day. Mark those that are urgent and those that are not. If you arrive at work early, sit back and relax for a while and then do the simplest tasks first; answer emails and make phone calls, or print necessary documents. A sense of accomplishment and fulfilment means having a meaningful and happier vibe at work.

#3 Don’t Multitask
Multitasking “wastes more time than it saves and decreases concentration and creativity.Instead of getting overwhelmed by the amount of work you’re trying to juggle through multitasking, focus on one task at a time. Many do well with a simple checklist to accomplish this.

#4 Don’t bite off more than you can chew
The fastest way to get depressed at work is to pile way too much stuff onto your plate. Don’t commit to projects you can’t complete. Already overwhelmed? Ask your co-workers to help you out, or delegate to anybody you’re in charge of.

#5 Learn a new skill
Stuck in a rut at the office? Learning a new skill will help you feel inspired When you’ve mastered this skill, teach it to others. You’ll reinforce your knowledge and feel great helping others at the same time.

#6 Stay in the loop
Nobody likes feeling out of the loop at the office. But it’s your responsibility to learn the information you need to do your job. Instead of waiting for your boss to come to you, take the initiative. Set up your own system, whether it’s daily emails to colleagues or a weekly meeting with your boss.

#7 Mix up fun and boring tasks
Every job has both tasks we love and tasks we hate. Some people advocate doing all the boring tasks at once, but try spacing them throughout the workday so you don’t dread any particular hour. Just make sure to find that balance. A day filled with only tasks you love might feel great at first, but you’ll be disappointed when the rest of the week is exceptionally boring.

#8 Ask for feedback
It’s hard to stay positive when you have no idea how your boss feels about your work. Ask for feedback. But it’s crucial to respond appropriately. If you receive negative feedback, remember that your work is being criticized, not you. So don’t beat yourself up! Instead, think of ways to improve and present them to your boss at a future date.

#9 Reward Yourself
Whether it’s by going out to dinner with your significant other, purchasing a new gadget, enjoying a piece of candy, or patting yourself on the back, (the politician applause), find the time to reward yourself after you’ve completed a project or had a fruitful day.

#10 Reflect on the Day
Why are you working so hard? You can answer that question by reflecting on the day and recalling something that was positive. When you record these moments in your notebook, smartphone, tablet, etc., you’ll have a reminder of why your work matters to you. You can refer to these statements of positive reflection whenever you need a boost!

#11 Make Work Friends
Having friends at work, makes working more fun, enjoyable, worthwhile, and satisfying.” Furthermore, it creates a support system, camaraderie and a sense of loyalty

#12 Spread the Smile and give a Happy Hello to everyone
Keep smiling and if you see someone without a Smile, give them one of yours. Smiling can improve your happiness at work because it tells your brain to be happier–thanks to the release of neuropeptides. Smiling is also contagious and will make your co-workers smile as well.

#13 Accept People for Who They Are
You can’t change who people are. Instead of letting their personalities or actions affect you, take a step back. You could try techniques like counting to 10 before responding to them, avoiding finger-pointing, and maintaining a professional attitude.

Take time off to recharge from the stress of work. In fact, taking a vacation not only relieves stress and recharges us, it can also improve our overall health and make us more productive at work.

Make everything in your workplace enjoyable. Do not overthink of how much money you will earn or when you will have your promotion. Just be on the positive side and let time give all the rewards for your hard work. Set up your goals and think of reasons why you are so determined to do your job. Spend time with your family too, and relax. Do not forget to unwind and enjoy other great things in life.

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