Everyone strives to be happy. We aim for the utmost happiness when it comes to our families, our friends, our significant others, our social life. Even Superman makes time for Lois Lane!
So why shouldn’t we aim to be happy at work? After all, we spend a huge chunk of our time in the workplace. And that time will be much more enjoyable – or at least bearable – if our moods are lighter and we’re having a little bit of fun.
The best part is, making yourself happier at work isn’t even hard. Here are a few easy tricks that’ll keep you in better spirits at the office:
- Create an “office nest.” You spend a lot of time at work – so make your space your own! Bring in trinkets from home, decorate in your favorite colors and create an oasis where you can relax. You can improve your happiness greatly by making yourself feel comfortable and at home in your own personal Batcave.
- Leave personal problems at home. You know how many superheroes lead double lives? (Think Wade Wilson/Deadpool). As a worker, this is something you can adapt and employ to your advantage by leaving your personal life at home. Stress and emotions are exhausting. They consume and overwhelm you. So if your personal life is in turmoil, your work will seem never-ending and you’ll have a harder time focusing. Easy solution: Check your personal problems at the door and keep the two worlds separate. If you have trouble doing this, just think about how much less trouble Spiderman and Batman would’ve gotten into if they’d have let Mary Jane and Rachel fend for themselves.
- Be future oriented. Employees make better decisions and experience more satisfaction when they know their work fits into a long-term plan. So keep your future and the goals you want to accomplish on your mind. Professor X didn’t start an entire mutant school without having a plan in mind. It pays to plan ahead.
- Don’t try to change people. People waste a lot of energy trying to change others. But the truth is, you can’t change who people are. So when a boss or coworker’s attitude rubs you the wrong way, just take a moment and breathe. Avoid placing blame, and stay professional.
- Reward yourself. After finishing a major task or project, or completing an especially productive day, reward yourself. Treat yourself to a nice dinner, splurge on something you really want, or eat your favorite dessert. You put in the hard work, so make like Tony Stark and take care of number one – you earned it.
- Make fewer decisions. When you’re a superhero, you have to make life-or-death decisions all the time. While the rest of us don’t have it quite so bad, we do have our own decisions to make each day. And for many, decision making is agonizingly stressful. So if you feel decision fatigue (it’s real – it depletes your cognitive resources!) setting in, the answer is easy: Make fewer decisions. How? Put certain decisions on autopilot, such as what you’ll eat for lunch or what you’ll wear to work. And before offering opinions at work, consider whether the matter is important and whether you have a strong opinion about it. If the answer is “no” to both, feel free to skip chiming in .
- Help someone out. If the Avengers didn’t get satisfaction from continually saving the world, do you really think they’d keep putting their lives on the line to do it? The bottom line is, helping others makes us feel good. That’s why making time to help your coworkers – even in small ways – will have a tremendous, positive impact on you. The key is making it a part of your work life on a daily basis. Offering help in small but thoughtful ways will make their lives easier and yours more fulfilling.
- Acknowledge your progress. The feeling that you’re making progress can really boost happiness and morale at work. When you have a lot on your plate, sometimes it feels like the work is bottomless. Try writing a small list of things you want to do each day, and doing those tasks first-thing. Then, at the end of the day, you can go back and acknowledge the progress you made.
So there you have it: eight ways to lift your spirits the next time your coworkers are using plays out of the villains’ handbook. Comment below and let us know which tip you tried and how it worked out.