By Nicole Tinkham
When starting a new job, much like a new dating relationship, everything is fresh and exciting. You’re working on new projects, meeting new co-workers, and learning new skills. However, it’s easy to get caught up in a routine that can leave you feeling bored. All too often, you can find yourself sitting in the same cubicle and doing the same tasks every day with little motivation. Wouldn’t life be wonderful if you could go to work every day and FEEL as if you just started a new job? We’re here to tell you that you CAN have that excitement, the drive, and the motivation no matter how long you’ve been in your current position. Here are 11 habits of happy people that will improve your mood in the office and outside of work.
1. They personalize their cubicle.
Simple changes to the typical, boring cubicle can go a long way in motivating workers and increasing their productivity. Add a plant or a few inspirational photos to make your cubicle feel more personable. Check out 9 Ways to Make Your Office Cubicle Feel Like Home for more ideas.
2. They constantly smile.
We often talk about the importance of a simple SMILE. For one, smiling tends to make you feel happier even if you’re having a bad day. It’s like tricking your mind into feeling good. Smiling is also contagious, and can have a positive influence on the people around you. 🙂
3. They’re always willing to help out.
Believe it or not, giving a helping hand can actually make us feel happier. When we put others needs above our own, we’ll benefit just as much as they do! Of course, you want to be careful not to go over your limits. We recommend helping others for 10-30 minutes a day as long as you’re able to complete your own tasks on time.
4. They take breaks.
While it may not be a great idea to chat it up with a co-worker for the entire day, taking 5 minutes to socialize can have a huge impact on your mood. Socializing will allow you to take a break from the projects you’re working on, clear your head, and build deeper relationships with your co-workers. That break from your work will actually allow you to return re-charged and ready to go at it again!
5. They CHOOSE to be happy.
That’s right, you can choose whether or not to be happy at work (and in life), even though it’s not as easy as it may sound. You’ll have to avoid negative people and gossip and remain positive even when things get rough. REMEMBER: what you focus will reproduce in your life. Focus on the positive and watch how your mood, your situation(s), and the people around you are influenced. We like to say this, “Tell yourself you will, and then ACT like it!”
6. They do what they love EVERYDAY.
You may not love every aspect of your job and that’s ok, but you should find at least one thing that you do love about it! Focus on all that is working, moving you forward and growing you; even if it’s just a few things. Take a few minutes and think about your skills and interests. Incorporate these into your job. If this is impossible for you to do, it may be time for a new job.
7. They continue to grow.
YOU are the only person that can control your growth both professionally and personally. In order to grow, you must be willing to change and adapt. Make a plan and have specific goals set and go after them. Don’t let others keep you from going after the things that will take you to the place you want to be.
8. They work as a team.
You’ll find that your job is often linked to someone else’s. When a group of people come together as a team, it’s amazing what can be achieved. Also, when you realize that your job is helping someone else complete theirs, the work you do can feel much more meaningful. Make a habit of praising, uplifting, and honoring others. You’re not in competition, you’re in this together, so we should want to see others succeed!
9. They slow down.
We’re used to rushing around getting things done quickly, often multi-tasking and over working ourselves. Take a minute to focus on one task, and one task only. For example, ENJOY your morning coffee without reading emails or concentrating on other distractions.
10. They meditate.
A quick meditation session (about a minute long) can eliminate anxiety and stress plus it’s super easy to do. Simply breathe and tune into each breath you take. Pay attention to the thoughts and emotions that pop in your head. Relate to them and make a choice to either let that thought go or take action on it.
11. They reflect on their day.
At the end of each day, think about both the positive and negative events that happened that day. While we often talk about remaining positive, it’s important to recognize the negatives as well so improvements can be made.
Now we turn it over to you. You have the choice to LOVE your job and your life. Will you choose to follow a few of these easy tips to become happier in the workplace or will you sit back and do nothing? The answer should be obvious. We WANT you to be happy. Your career is your LIFE, enjoy it!