How To Be Happier At Work

September 26, 2013

Career Advice

How to be happier at work

Don’t love your job? You’re not the only one. According to Gallop’s 2013 State of the American Workplace, only 30 percent of Americans feel “inspired” or “engaged” at work. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, follow these tips that will help you turn your frown upside down:

Take Breaks.
No one is happy sitting at a desk for eight hours straight. Get outside. Go to lunch. Read a few “just-for-fun” articles. And don’t feel guilty about it. Everybody needs a break to reset and refresh. Also, remember not to throw that vacation time out the window. The average American gets 16 vacation days per year according to a report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research. It’s yours for the taking — so take it. Even if it means you only take a day off every now and then.

Be Positive.
Smiling makes you happy — and it decreases stress. When you’re feeling overwhelmed and staring at your computer screen, force a smile. Just do it. Also, hold back on the complaining. There’s a difference between venting and ranting. Find the balance. Lastly, share your positivity. Give compliments. Give smiles. Give random acts of kindness. It will make you feel better.

Think About the Future.
Set goals — don’t wait for your boss to do it for you. Is it a promotion? A job change? A career change? What can you do during the workday or during your free time to help you achieve this dream? Break it down into achievable steps and then reward yourself along the way. The journey is half the fun.

Image via Sean Jackson/Flickr.

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