What makes you happy at work? Get started by focusing on your relationships with your colleagues, on daily achievements, and the purpose of your work.
Journaling for work transforms your workday for the better.
Take a few moments to relax or enjoy a hot beverage. These are some of the measures you can take to de-stress at work.
Improve your mood before you set foot into the office by getting some exercise in on your way to work. Walk or bike to the office. Make your drive more enjoyable by listening to a podcast or some feel good music.
A study has shown that practicing everyday prosociality is emotionally reinforcing and contagious, and receiving everyday prosociality is an unequivocally positive experience.
Participants were either Givers and practiced five acts of kindness for colleagues that were assigned to be Receivers. Both Givers and Receivers benefitted in well-being. Moreover, the prosocial acts of the Givers inspired the Receivers to perform 278% more prosocial behaviours than the control group. (1)
When you engage in activities that are meaningful to you, you’ll feel more inspired, satisfied, motivated – and happy. But some days at work can just be boring, tedious or don’t feel meaningful.
Whatever a day brings, having a positive outlook at work will allow you to enjoy the good and the bad days. Try out being the most positive person at work, find ways to motivate yourself even through tasks you don’t like, and make sure you enjoy your lunch break to the fullest.
Research has found that well-being at work can be increased through recovery activities during lunch breaks. Employees either went for a walk in the park or did some relaxation exercises.
It was found that both groups experienced better concentration. While park walks were enjoyed more, relaxation exercises helped them to detach. Additionally, relaxation lead to less fatigue. So how you spent your lunch break can positively affect the rest of your work day. (2)
(1) Chancellor, J., Margolis, S., Jacobs Bao, K.,& Lyubomirsky, S. (2018) Everyday prosociality in the workplace: The reinforcing benefits of giving, getting, and glimpsing. Emotion, Jun, 18(4), 507-517.
(2) Sianoja, M., Syrek, C. J., de Bloom, J., Korpela, K., & Kinnunen, U. (2018). Enhancing daily well-being at work through lunchtime park walks and relaxation exercises: Recovery experiences as mediators. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 23(3), 428-442.