Make yourself at home

We realize you’re not actually at home and work is a place to do, well, work. But bringing some of the comforts of home into your workspace can make the day so much more pleasant. Creating an atmosphere that feels less sterile and more familiar is often much more conducive to productivity because it helps you feel at ease. Workplace happiness can easily be boosted with some of your favorite items from home.

  • A vase you love filled with fresh flowers
  • Your favorite cardigan or sweater for chilly days
  • Photos of your friends, kids, pets and family members
  • Souvenirs that make you smile
  • Live plants if you have enough light are a great and homey touch
  • Office accessories in a cheerful color palette

Take outdoor breaks

So simple, but so important — taking breaks is a must if you want to feel better at work, especially breaks that involve stepping outside, even for just a few minutes. We understand you have things to do and you can’t go strolling in and out of your place of work whenever the mood strikes you, but getting fresh air and a bit of exercise is paramount to maintaining workspace satisfaction. A short walk around the block or even just up the street and back can get your energy up, ideas rolling and blood flowing — exactly what you need to be productive and feel good while you work. If you can’t get outdoors, take a walk up and back down a few flights of stairs, roam the halls or do some stretching at your desk.

Pack snacks

While the office cafeteria might be okay in a pinch or even for daily lunches, save yourself some money and feel better all day by packing healthy snacks to keep at your desk. Getting hungry means a potentially disastrous dip in your mood. For many people, hungry equals cranky, so do yourself (and your coworkers) a favor and don’t get to the point where you’re tempted to elbow people out of the way to get to the head of the cafeteria line. Some simple snack ideas include raw nuts and seeds (make yourself a trail mix and throw in some dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries and raisins), apples, and granola bars. If you have a fridge in your office, think about low-fat yogurt or hummus with vegetables for dipping.

Staying well hydrated is equally important for an even-keeled mood. Keep a reusable water bottle on your desk all day so you remember to sip. Jazz it up with slices of lemon, orange or cucumber.
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