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Making Every Workday Count: 15 Happiness Boosters

Photo of Andy Cakebread Andy Cakebread 23 October 2023
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Ever woken up and hit the snooze button, hoping for just five more minutes of that beach holiday dream – you had just gotten on the jetski!? While we can’t promise every workday will feel like a tropical escape, we can certainly add some zest to the usual nine to five

Whether you’re the person who still thinks CTRL+ALT+DEL is an up-and-coming indie band or you’ve mastered the art of a tea spill-free day (a round of applause for you), this article promises a sprinkle of fun, a dash of insight, and a healthier serving of smiles. 

So, dive in with Thankbox and make your work-life balance shine brighter. And hey, maybe by the end, even your manager’s James Corden calendar won’t bother you as much (no promises on that last part). Let’s get started!

15 strategies for finding happiness at work 

Office life has its quirks – from seemingly never-ending tasks to comparing who’s got the best lunch. Yet, every workplace has room for good vibes. So, whether you’re mastering virtual meetings or practising the art of active listening, here are 15 tips to boost your workplace happiness:

1. Foster positive connections with a Thankbox group e-card

Shine a light on your day-to-day interactions. With diverse personalities all around, it’s essential to acknowledge and celebrate those who make our work days brighter.

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When you feel the urge to say “Thank you”, shine a spotlight on a coworker's great work, or send a meaningful goodbye, turn to Thankbox. These group e-cards allow everyone on your team to add a personal touch, be it heartfelt notes, entertaining GIFs, or memorable photos.

Trust icon Make Your Colleague's Day Extra Special With Thankbox

Organize your team and pour your appreciation messages into an online greeting card that will constantly remind them they are valued. It takes only a few seconds to show someone that what they do matters!

2. Floral desk-ination

It’s more than just a delightful aroma – flowers have the magic touch to elevate your mood. Glancing at a vibrant bouquet while you work can spur creativity and transform your plain desk into a visual treat. Why wait for someone else? Send yourself some flowers with Thankbox today!

3. Dress for success (or comfort)

Your attire can set the mood. So, don’t hesitate to change into something that makes you feel confident and ready to tackle the daily grind. And if you’re working from home? Well, let’s just say those comfy dinosaur slippers are perfect for making video calls a little more bearable. Just make sure the camera doesn’t pan too far down!

4. Speak up!

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Effective communication is a major key to happy employees and a healthy business. If something’s bothering you, address it respectfully and constructively. Additionally, it might be best to let the really small things slide to maintain workplace harmony.

5. Create a morning routine

How you start your day often sets the tone for what’s coming. Creating a fulfilling morning routine helps you face the workday with energy and purpose. If you’re repeatedly hitting snooze and checking social media as soon as you wake up – that’s a routine you might want to rethink.

6. Learn the art of emails

Emails are a mainstay in office communication. Keeping messages clear and concise can prevent misunderstandings and save time. And while you’re at it, don’t shy away from adding a smiley face or two – it adds a personal touch and might brighten someone’s day!

7. Organise your chaos

A clutter-free desk equals a clutter-free mind. While a personal touch does wonders (or a hidden stash of snacks), maintaining an organised workspace boosts productivity and reduces stress. And if you find a biscuit lurking under a pile of papers? It’s a win-win!

8. Remember to stretch

Woman taking a break in the office

We’ve all felt that midday stiffness creeping in after hours at the desk. Combat the sedentary blues with some simple stretches. Not only does it rejuvenate your body, but it also prevents you from the dreaded aches and pains later on.

9. Take a 5-minute holiday

Who says you need to book a flight to escape? Every once in a while, grant yourself a tiny “holiday” right at your desk. This could involve watching an entertaining video on YouTube, scrolling through memes, or indulging in daydreaming. Such mini-breaks can help to recharge your mind.

10. Positive affirmations

Your mindset plays a pivotal role in how you approach challenges. Start your day by reminding yourself of your strengths. Recite affirmations like, “I am competent. I am smart. And most importantly, I have the wisdom to draft that angry email but never send it.”

11. Breathe in (freak out less)

When the pressure’s mounting and you feel like you’re on the brink, just remember to breathe. Simple, quick breathing exercises can be a game-changer, acting as a mini reset button for your brain. 

12. Savor water cooler moments

Colleagues having a conversation in front of the coffee station

Sure, work is serious business, but who says you can’t have a little fun? Those spontaneous chats by the water cooler are golden. Dive into the latest Bake Off episode, debate the best pizza toppings (pineapple?), or share a laugh. These moments help develop stronger professional bonds and offer a much-needed mental break.

13. Go on virtual coffee breaks

Physical distance doesn’t mean you can’t encourage close connections. In our increasingly digital world, casual video chats are the new coffee breaks. Share a virtual cuppa with colleagues, discuss weekend plans, or simply catch up – here’s where you can show off your dinosaur slippers!

14. Embrace the power of hydration

Staying hydrated isn’t just about quenching thirst – it’s a ticket to clearer thinking and heightened focus, both of which lift your mood. Keep a bottle or glass of water nearby, not just as a reminder to drink but also as an excuse for those little breaks.

15. Remember your “Why?”

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In the midst of daily tasks and deadlines, pause and reflect on what drove you to your job in the first place. Whether it’s the passion for the role or a step in the right direction, reconnecting with that core reason can reinvigorate your workday spirit.

Boost your nine-to-five happiness with Thankbox!

Every day at the office (or home office) is a new opportunity to sprinkle joy into our professional lives. From sweet gestures like sending a Thankbox e-card to cherishing water cooler chats, each action adds a dash of positivity to our daily routines.

Your workplace might be full of deadlines, emails, and the occasional coffee spill, but by incorporating these happiness boosters, you can transform mundane moments into memorable ones.

So, the next time you’re hitting that snooze button, remember these strategies and set the tone for a happier workday. And, if you’re ready to make someone’s day brighter, why not create a Thankbox today!

Trust icon Make Your Colleague's Day Extra Special With Thankbox

Organize your team and pour your appreciation messages into an online greeting card that will constantly remind them they are valued. It takes only a few seconds to show someone that what they do matters!

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