If you had to honestly say where you'd like to spend the majority of your day, 5 days a week, would the answer be at work? Almost certainly not. And yet, that is where we are expected to be, around 40 hours per week. Sure, that might be a hard pill to swallow for some, but remember, you are lucky to have a job. Do you know what makes being at work even worse? Dealing with negative people. Don't become one of those people that walks through your office or place of business with a permanent scowl. Here are 5 easy ways to improve your mood at work, and hopefully with some time, others will follow suit.
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Even if you don't feel like smiling all of the time, give it a try. It's hard to resist a person who is showing positivity on the outside. When your face is smiling, that gives your head and your heart a sign that you are happy, and in a good mood. And guess what, it gives other's the exact same sign, and maybe they'll want to join you in your smiley endeavors.
2. Talk to People
If you close yourself off from other people, chances are you will have more time to think about what it is you aren't happy about at work. If you spend time connecting with other people, it gives you a chance to inject some much needed social time into your work-life, which can make all the difference in your outlook and your mood.
3. Acknowledge Your Office's Particular Benefits
Maybe you work at a coffee shop, and get free coffee and pastries every day and have great co-workers to talk to. Maybe you work for a large company that provides a great benefits package and has bagel friday! It is important to acknowledge your own place of business's particular benefits, and appreciate them for what they are. Hey, not everyone get's bagel friday!
4. Have a Positive Mantra
If you start your day with a positive outlook, chances are you will have an easier time remaining cheerful, and positive throughout the day. Sure, the universe might throw some crap at you, like a tense meeting with clients, or a soup stained tie, but those things don't really matter in the end. What matters is how you handle yourself in the situation, and if you talk yourself through any hardship you might incur, it will be easier to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
5. Find What You Love About Your Job
Maybe you're not actually doing quite what you set out do do after college. But you need to know that every job you take can be creative, and teach you something. If you are working retail, learning the ins and outs of customer service is a great skill set to have for future employment. If you work in the service industry, dealing with difficult people will put you miles ahead when it comes to dealing with clients at your future place of business. Find one thing you think you excel at, and attempt to hone that skill. Feel proud of what you do, and you will go far in this world.