Work days can sometimes be a challenge, things go wrong and days go badly, but if you’re always more of a negative Nelly than happy as Larry we’ve got the advice you need on how to be more positive at work.
Start as you mean to go on
Don’t turn up to work in a foul mood, this will only set you up to feel bad for the rest of the day. Try to do something every morning that will help you look forward to the day ahead, whether that’s fitting in a spot of meditation to calm you before you leave or just enjoying 5 minutes of calm with a coffee at your desk. Think of the day in terms of positive possibilities to achieve something instead of looking at what you ‘have’ to do.
Smile like you mean it
Even if you don’t feel like it, trying smiling more throughout the day. Research shows that smiling is an easy way to be more positive at work due to the effect it has on the brain. Smiling causes the release of Dopamine and Serotonin which increase the feeling of happiness and reduce stress levels, these will happen even if you’re faking a smile, meaning in this instance you should fake it until you make it.
Surround yourself with positivity
It should almost go without saying that if you surround yourself with other positive people you’ll feel more positive. Having supportive, caring and friendly people around will remind you that not everyone is a misery guts and that there are people who can help you if you need it. People who can remain calm in stressful situations or see the funny side of an issue can also help you alter your perspective on situations that otherwise would have brought you down.
Spread the love
As much as the positivity of others will help you be more positive at work, you should try and be an encouragement for others and give out positive energy. Give people praise about their work or something they’ve achieved recently, say hi to people when you see them in the morning and goodbye when you leave, be friendly and try to build good working relationships. This will not only give you a boost of happiness, but you’ll be a welcome presence for others too.
If you keep pushing to hit that next goal or tick something else off your list without stopping to appreciate your achievements you’ll lose motivation to continue. Learn to reward yourself, even if it’s just for finally clearing out your emails, completing a first draft of a report or making those calls you didn’t want to make. Go get a coffee, promise to treat yourself to a nice lunch at the end of the week or a relaxing bath when you get home. Having rewards will help your brain associate good things with tasks and you’ll soon start feeling more positive at work in general.
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