Staying Happy at your Workplace

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Staying Happy at your Workplace

Posted by Sivasree Devinarayanan

This week we will focus on how we can stay positive at our workplace.

We spend most of our time in the office, working, making friends and making memories. Work may have both a positive or an adverse effect on our health depending on how we take care of ourselves. Work provides the income and material outputs for meeting the necessities of life and also has a positive impact on social, psychological and physical well-being. At the same time, an increase in your happiness level provides high quality and performance in working-life. How do you find happiness or stay happy at your workplace? Here are a few ways I have observed in my tenure as a human resource professional:

Always look for Light

Its metaphorical! There is a thumb rule, if you don’t have anything good to say about a person, don’t say anything. We can never judge a person until you know completely what they have been through. Being positive or optimistic is a state of mind. There might be hard times where you would feel so much of pressure at work, but always have something good to think about finding the light for yourself. It might be family, a place or your dream or tasks or even an idea. Always try to channel your energy to something good.

Think big

There might be times where the client would have requested new changes or multiple iterations. Or they may be a new change in policy, a sudden change introduced from your team leads. These are things that get to your nerves, but try taking a step back and think of the bigger picture. Take a minute and think Why? Think from different perspectives. If you still don’t have an answer, talk to the concerned person get all the facts rights. Thinking of the bigger picture or “the purpose” will help you to get more clarity to the problem.

Be cluster free

Keeping your surroundings clean and orderly calms your mind. Have you ever wondered why you feel calm in a newly arranged house, game stop, book store or even shop within minutes from your favourte shop? This is because you know where things are. Keeping only relevant things on your table and in your table drawer can help you a lot. Its easy to find and easy to clean. This also applies to your computer/emails – always clean your inbox, your system and organize them in a fashion. This helps you save a lot of time during the day and as leave in the evening!

Little things go a long way!

A lot of the times when you smile to a child, the kid responds? This is a simple theory. If you need to be treated good, make others feel the way you want to be treated. Always smile when someone is looking at you, help open the door if you see someone right behind you, eat along with others, share your food (most interesting conversations are at the lunch table! Shhhh! ). If it helps, keep a note/diary where you can make a note of three good things that you did or that happened to you in the office. Remind yourselves of these at night possibly before you sleep. This subconsciously makes you feel good about yourself, boosting your confidence and courage at workplace.


Last but not the least, always make sure you are active. This can be in a number of ways. Make sure you do some eye exercises, (hardly 5 mins break and Yes, Google it 😉 ). This should be once in every 1.5 continuous hours in laptop. Have a bottle of water next to you, drink at least 8 liters of water in a day. In every 2 hours, make sure you get up and stretch a bit or take a walk around the office.

Next week I’ll write about some easy and effective exercises that you could follow! Have a great week!