How to be happier in your job

We’ve all read advice on how to be more efficient and harder working in the office. Productivity tends to be the name of the game when it comes to professional improvement. But ultimately, our mental health is just as important as the documents we draft and the spreadsheets we email out. So, how do we effectively walk the line between being professionally productive and personally happy?

We liked this article by The Muse and thought we would share it with you.

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1. Give Yourself Some Fun Rewards

If you don’t love the things on the to-do list in front of you, try incentivizing yourself with basic bribery. Think along the lines of: “If I finish this report, then I can go get a cupcake from the place down the street,” or “I can go to happy hour with my friends tonight, but only if I finish making this presentation.”

2. Play Like a Kid

Okay, don’t get too crazy with this (you do still want your boss to take you seriously), but taking a few minutes to step away from your desk and play can seriously get you out of a rut. Doodling, playing with some clay, or keeping a small toy or puzzle on your desk to fiddle with for a few minutes can clear your head and spark your creativity in surprising ways.

3. Buy Yourself Some Flowers

Aside from the obvious fact that flowers are beautiful and smell amazing, they can also make you feel happier and more energetic simply by looking at them. Flowers also promote creativity and brighten up a drab desk. So, go pick up a bouquet!

4. Create a Playlist to Boost Your Mood

Music can seriously improve your mood (and productivity) when you’re having a bad day. So pull together some of your favorite songs and use the beats to keep you going through the day.

5. Have a Mini Dance Party During that Midday Slump

Once you have the playlists made, use them to help you get moving! Throw in some headphones, and have a mini dance party at your desk or in your office. You’ll get your heart pumping and your energy up, and you won’t be able to help but feeling a little bit happier.

6. Turn to the Internet

When you need a little boost, there’s no shame in turning to BuzzFeed for some laughs or cute animals.