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Whether you’re a desk-bound journalist or an on-the-run sales manager, you CAN make your work a happier place. Here are 10 tips to start with:
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Dress up for work: The phrase “Dress for Success” wasn’t created in vain. An experiment at Northwestern University showed that there’s a clear connection between what we wear and how we feel. They had a group of people wear the same white coat and divided them into two sets. The first set was told they were wearing a doctor’s coat. The second was told they were sporting a painter’s coat. The result? The “doctor” group showed more confidence and attention than the “painter” group, which displayed no improvement at all. But enough science – do you really need a reason to dress up?
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Compliment yourself: If nobody at work is tapping you on the back for the good work you’ve done, do it yourself. Don’t wait for someone else to applause you. According to Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich,” most successful people don’t seek praise from others, instead, they recognise their own good work.
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Fake a smile: The best time to smile is when you’re feeling down, because it unconsciously boosts your mood. Think of it this way: it’s hard to stay angry if you’re smiling.
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Secret mood boosters: We all need a mood booster every once in a while, because even if you’re an upbeat person, constantly staying positive is difficult. Keep your favourite chocolate in your desk drawer, or listen to your favourite song during lunch. The little things make a difference, too.
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Eat healthy: Mental health is largely related to what we eat. Our hormones and neurotransmitters are affected by our intake of proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins. Basically – eat well and you will feel well. Is it so bad nibbling on a few strawberries?
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Stay hydrated: Believe it or not, dehydration causes depression. How to make sure you’re hydrated and happy? Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water. Two studies from the University of Connecticut show that even mild dehydration can affect a person’s mood to the worst.
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Buy yourself some flowers: Who said you can’t gift yourself flowers? You should try it! Not only will they will brighten your desk, they will make you feel better instantly.
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Have something to look forward to after work: Whether it’s a massage or a drink with a friend, have something to look forward to when you finish your working day. Your mood will be better knowing you have something good coming your way once the work is done.
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Reward yourself: Remember when you were a kid and your parents would give you a cookie for every chore you got done? Well it’s time to do it yourself. When you finish a big feature or close a good deal, reward yourself with something that makes you happy. This will motivate you the next time you’re struggling to get a task done.
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Buy a fun mug: How many glasses of coffee and tea do you have at work? Exactly – so why not buy a quirky mug that puts a smile on your face? It’s simple and makes a difference, no matter if it’s a small one.