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How to Be Happy at Work: 5 Useful Tips

Tips to help you be happy at work: here's some advice to help make your office life and working environment much more enjoyable.

Does the idea of being happy at work seem totally unrealistic? That needn’t be the case. There are many ways that work can be both healthy and enjoyable.

Clearly, your colleagues and working environment make a big difference. In addition to maintaining a good work-life balance and avoiding conflict with your boss, there are various ways you can be happy at work. This will help you to create closer bonds with your colleagues, making your time in the office much more enjoyable.

Five Tips For Being Happy at work

  1. Smile: it may seem obvious, but smiling makes you feel good. Be positive, even in the face of difficulties.
  2. Treat every day like a new beginning, letting go of any negative feelings arising from problems or tensions in the past. Start every morning with the thought that the day might be great and provide a good workout for your morale.
  3. Have a good time with your colleagues: being reserved and irritable with others is not the way to be happy at work. Make jokes, although don’t make fun of other people. Also, show interest in the lives of your colleagues: but without being intrusive, of course.
  4. Get together for drinks after work: you could call it team building. But it’s really a matter of building up personal relationships with colleagues outside the working environment. Remembering enjoyable occasions shared with the people with whom you spend most of your day will certainly help promote a sense of well-being.
  5. Don’t get downhearted: if your boss or a more experienced colleague mentions that you didn’t do a job very well, don’t take it too personally. Be proactive, and try to learn from any criticism. And if you don’t like the way your boss speaks to you, don’t get angry; wait a few days and then talk to him about it in a calm, rational way.