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How To Be Happier At Work

To celebrate the International Week of Happiness at Work, we'd like to give you a few ideas on how to nurture wellbeing at work.

Why is Workplace Happiness Important?

We spend at least one-third of our lives working, and a happier workplace certainly leads to a better life.

Not to mention that happiness also leads to personal success. The more positive your mood, the more driven and productive you tend to be as you work harder towards your goals.

It's also important to be mindful of the energy you bring home to your loved ones. More often than not, if you have a 'bad' day at work, you may unintentionally spread tension and unhappiness at home.

How We Can Improve Our Own Happiness At Work

It is all about the small things! Prioritise happiness and start taking time to nurture wellbeing in your life. We've put together a list with a few ideas.

1. Create A Work Playlist

When you listen to music, a chemical called dopamine is released into the brain. Dopamine improves mood AND reduces anxiety. Overall, music makes you happier whilst also increasing productivity.

Create a work playlist to nurture happiness at work

2. Prepare A Nutritious Meal & Snacks

Food has the power to make you feel better, and eating mindfully can positively impact your mood at work! So make sure you're prepared for your work days with a nutritionally balanced meal ahead of time. You'll look forward to it each day - check our top meal prep tips here!

Meal Prep for Work

3. Take Breaks During the Day

No matter how quickly you want to get work done, it's essential to remember that breaks aren't the enemy. Taking breaks allows you to refocus, relieve stress, and improve your overall mental health and wellbeing!

Even a 10-minute break significantly affects your happiness, stress levels, and productivity, so schedule frequent breaks during your work day, for a coffee, tea, quick walk around the block or simply to talk to a co-worker.

Schedule Breaks through the workday

4. Fill Your Workspace With Things That Bring You Joy

To optimise your happiness, you should always surround yourself with people and things that make you happy. The same goes for workspaces.

Whether it be plants, photographs, decorative items or little toys, surround yourself with objects that bring good memories and positive feelings to your workday.

Side note: Multiple studies have shown indoor plants in workspaces increase happiness and productivity and reduce stress! - So make sure to add a few plants to your desk and surroundings!

Surround yourself with plants and objects that bring you joy

5. Don't Take Workplace Friendships For Granted

Friends offer support and companionship and encourage you to strive to do your best. Workplace friendships are no different! Having someone to share a laugh with will make work more enjoyable!

Cultivate friends at work

Share these ideas with your workmates and start nurturing a happier and healthier workplace

In summary

Happiness should always be a priority in all areas of your life - including work. Make time to find new ways to boost your wellbeing and the wellbeing of all people around you. We will be all better off because of it!

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