12 Tips to Being Happy at Work

Work is a part of everyone’s lives at some point, and as much as we would prefer to be lying on a sunny beach in the Caribbean, we must earn our money somehow. Being happy at work is another thing because we can’t always be satisfied with what we do – it’s just human nature! Although, there are a few ways that we could brighten up our own days up whilst at work.

Try these 12 proven tactics that will make a difference:

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1. Have a Sense of Meaning

It has been proven that employees who know how their work has a meaningful and positive impact on others are not just happier than those who don’t, but they are also much more productive too. No matter the size of the goal, whether you’re helping a colleague in the office or whether you’re saving lives in a hospital; having a sense of meaning can contribute to happiness in the workplace.

2. Smile

Something as simple as smiling can improve your happiness at work because it tells your brain to be happier. Smiling is also contagious and will make your co-workers smile as well.

3. Eat Healthy and Stay Hydrated

A good diet and keeping hydrated are keys things to maintaining a high level of energy and attitude.

Instead of hitting the vending machine for lunch, have meals that involve healthier foods. Keeping your blood sugar within a normal range will stop headaches and fatigue, as well as help you concentrate better.

4. Move Around

As much as many of us forget to get up and move around in our busy working lives, sitting all day and working on a computer can lead to health concerns.

Moving around throughout the workday has many beneficial effects, even if you already do exercise outside of work. Whether it’s finding the time to walk around the office or going out for a walk at lunch, exercise will make you feel better and put you in a better place for the working day.

5. Decorate your space

You spend so much time at work, and one way to improve your happiness is to brighten up the space around you (if possible!). This is where your creativity can spark to make yourself comfortable and relaxed as you can be in your office. Of course, there is a limit on how decorative you can be with every office having different rules, but the little things can really make a difference – such as a photo of a pet, or adding colour to your notice-board.

6. Find a Work Best Friend

Having friends at work straight away builds a bond that is needed to increase happiness. It can create a sense of support and loyalty to which you can go use to brighten up your day. At the end of the day, you are with your colleagues for the majority of the week, and knowing you can openly talk to them will put a smile on everyone’s faces.

7. Say 'Thank You'

Saying something as simple as ‘Thank-You’ does wonders for the workplace, and even in life in general. Receiving expressions of gratitude makes us feel a heightened sense of self-worth and triggers a motivated attitude to doing the same task again.

8. Be Future Oriented

Having long-term plans and goals is something advised by anyone who enjoys their work. Not only does this create more success for you, but it also gives you something to aspire towards on a daily basis. You’ll make better decisions and be more satisfied with your results if you know you’re hitting your own targets and making improvements.

9. Get Organised

One thing you don’t want when working is the additional stress of clutter, loose papers and lever arch files hanging around your desk making it difficult to do your job. Having an organised workplace will help you be better prepared throughout the day, whilst also taking away the stress, resulting in an all-round stress-free environment.

10. Don't Multitask

Many of us thrive with our workload when multi-tasking, although some of us struggle. Instead of getting overwhelmed by the amount you’re trying to juggle, focus on one task at a time. Writing up a simple checklist and sticking to it is something advised to avoid stressing yourself out and going into complete meltdown. Multitasking has been known to waste more time than it actually saves, and it also decreases concentration and creativity.

11. Take a Breather

We all need to take a breather from our demanding tasks sometimes, especially if we are constantly working from week to week. It has been proven that we won’t be creative, competent or cheerful in stressful times, leaving the possibility of job dissatisfaction. Employees need to take time off to recharge, and taking a vacation not only relives stress, it can also improve our overall health making us more productive at work.

12. Reward Yourself

After a long day at work where you’ve completed several mind-boggling tasks, the last thing you want to do is go straight back into work the next day and do it all again without any sense of self-recognition.

Whether it’s going out to dinner, buying yourself something, or simply giving yourself a pat on the back; you should find the time to reward yourself after you’ve completed a project. This will not only give you the motivation to head straight into another project, but it’ll make you recognise the work you do and make you enjoy what you do.

 

Royal Wedding

The long awaited royal wedding is finally here so we have put together some facts about previous royal weddings to get you in the spirit!

·         Queen Victoria first popularized the tradition of wearing a white wedding dress and the tradition of decorating your wedding cake with figurines of the bride and groom on top

·         When The Queen married Prince Philip the ceremony was broadcast over the radio to 200 million people. She also had to save ration stamps to buy the fabric for her wedding dress. On the day of her wedding, her tiara snapped. The court jeweller was rushed by police escort to his work room and repaired it before the bride left for Westminster Abbey

·         The first royal wedding ever televised took place on May 6, 1960, when Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth’s sister, married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones (who became Lord Snowdon). It was broadcast by the BBC to a worldwide audience of 300 million. Most royal families of Europe disapproved of a princess marrying a photographer. Queen Ingrid of Denmark was the only foreign queen to attend the ceremony.

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·         The media attention was so intense surrounding Diana’s dress that the designers threw out decoy scraps of different white fabrics each night to throw off the press. The dress had a 25 foot train which is the longest ever worn by a royal bride. Diana was the first royal bride to leave out “obey” from her wedding vows.

·         Diana made a ‘Ross’ mistake by calling Charles by the wrong name during the ceremony. She vowed to love “Philip Charles Arthur George….even royals get nervous!

·         Kate Middleton did her own make up on her wedding day

·         At William and Kate’s wedding, William and Harry wore custom designed military uniforms with built-in sweat guard’s so they didn’t wilt under the bright television lights in the cathedral.

·         William does not wear a wedding ring. But Charles does. We wonder if Harry will?!?!?

·         Prime Minister at the time, David Cameron’s wife, Samantha, made headlines when she broke with tradition and did not wear a hat to the wedding. One outraged Englishman called the fashion faux pas “treason” on Twitter.

·         The wedding days of Diana and Charles and William and Kate were national holidays. But as we are all aware Meghan and Harry’s big day will not be a day off for us.

Why handwriting matters

You might’ve heard that it’s National Stationery Week this week (23rd – 9th April). And yes, it’s a big deal.

In such a technology-dominant era, using pens and pencils might seem pointless. But I can assure you, hand-writing is just as important as that mobile device you have sitting next to you. And here’s why:

1.       There’s a feeling of joy writing by hand

What do you do when you get given a new pen from a colleague or supplier? Well, some of you might just place it in your drawer for when it is needed. However, if you’re anything like me you’ll drop everything you’re doing and write anything you can to give the pen a ‘test run’. For some reason this gives us joy, especially seeing your text so perfectly written on the fresh piece of notebook paper. Don’t get me wrong, writing text messages and note-taking on your mobile device can be quick and easy, but choosing a fancy font on your phone will never be the same as creating your own font by hand.

2.       It can calm the brain

Picture this, you’re typing up those important notes on your mobile device in a room full of silence, with nothing to distract you. And then out of nowhere, you hear that notification ping come through, telling you that Sandra has posted yet another picture of her evening meal onto the Facebook news feed. Whether you read the notification or not, you are now eager to know what Sandra has cooked up today, which has now entirely preoccupied your mind. My point is, your mobile device can be incredibly distracting when trying to concentrate, especially if you’re in the middle of writing up some important notes for work. Whereas, putting your phone on silent and using a pen and paper is somewhat calming in comparison. You can just get on with it, quicker and simpler, giving you the opportunity to escape the world of technology for a short amount of time.

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3.       Writing is part of our daily lives

Even though we live in a digital world, most of us still write in some way every single day. We keep notes in meetings, we jot down reminders to ourselves and we leave messages for others. No matter how many devices you have in your office or home, you will always find that a pen is the object we would instantly go for when jotting down notes, writing down a shopping list or writing a birthday card. I think the sense of ease for hand-writing is why we would always choose a pen rather than a mobile device. We are also more likely to remember something we write down by hand than something we write using our phones.

4.       It can stimulate creativity

If you’re a designer and blog-writer like me, being creative is key for a successful working day. Even though sometimes it’s hard to find inspiration, I will always find myself writing down ideas with different coloured pens into my notebook. I find that using different colours and different styles of pens bring out new and inspired ideas, along with pretty-looking drafts on my notebook paper.

From a different perspective, today’s stationery market is driven by colour and design. For example, you are more likely to enjoy writing if your pen looks unique and ‘fancy’. Design-focused pens (and other stationery) are known to encourage people to write, and this will most definitely stimulate a creative mind!

All in all, the message couldn’t be clearer. If this week of celebrating stationery teaches you anything, it should be to keep writing, and spread the word.