Let’s face it, the office isn’t always Disneyland. It’s not the happiest place on earth. But, it shouldn’t be so bad either. The key to being happy at work is to not be sad… But it’s not like there’s a happy-sad switch on our foreheads. We have to actively seek to find the happiness. So, I’ve come up with a few ideas for those looking to brighten their days.
First, it’s always nice to smile a lot and be cheerful. Greet everyone with a smile. A nice and cheery “Hello!” is always a good pick-me-up for someone else and when you cheer someone up, you usually end up cheering yourself up, too.
Next thing you can consider is entertainment. A 15-minute entertainment break twice in a workday can work wonders for you. To take your mind off things, watch some funnies on YouTube, play a quick game of cheekbingo or take a break with friends and talk about stuff – no gossip, though, that’s a big no-no. Whatever you do, it has to be relaxing and something fun.
Talking about talk, small talk can do wonders around the office. Go beyond your office buddies and have a quick chat with anyone who’s free. A quick chat about what your the latest movies or your colleague’s hobbies can liven a boring day. Plus, it makes your colleagues feel more comfortable with you.
Breaks are one thing but what do you do through the grind? Well, if your office allows it, playing music is always nice. We all like moving do a beat, don’t we? Why not work to a beat! Just pick a tune that isn’t too distracting and keep the volume at a relatively low level.
Take quick breaks after you hit big goals. Just finished that 22-page report? Well, don’t rush to the next report. Stand up and stretch a bit. Smile, you’ve just accomplished something big. Compliment yourself. Yup, that works!
Most important thing though, as far as I see it, is learning to keep calm. Nothing sucks the fun out of the air than overly worrying about something or being too anxious. Keep calm and just focus. You’ve got a great day ahead.