I've written about workplace happiness in the past, but many of my suggestions require consistent effort. Here are five sure-fire, incredibly easy actions that will immediately improve your workplace experience:
1. Take a "quiet minute" each morning
Within your morning routine, carve out a minute--60 seconds--to be silent, by yourself. Don't think about work. Read a poem or say a prayer. Or just rest your brain. You'll be amazed at how much extra energy it will create for the rest of your day.
2. Smile more frequently
Smiling accomplishes two things. First, it tells your brain to be more happy. (Try being depressed with a huge grin stuck on your face.) Second, when you smile it tends to make other people smile, too. It's contagious, in a good way.
3. Give yourself more credit
Take a second to give yourself a mental and emotional pat on the back every time you complete a project, even if it's only a small part of a larger effort. This creates a sense of accomplishment that keeps you from feeling overwhelmed.
4. Celebrate when you learn something
If you're alive, you can't help learning something new every day. The trick here is to recognize when you've learned something new and potentially important. That's a victory and worth a quiet, inner "hooray!"
5. Enjoy human nature
Let's face it: People do really strange things. You have a choice when confronted with these foibles: 1) Be irritated; or 2) Be amused. Being irritated makes you miserable but being amused helps you find creative ways to work around the limitations of others.
6. Say thanks to those who do thankless tasks
You probably already know that you should thank co-workers and customers on a regular basis. But what about the janitors, the facilities people, the call center staff? They've got really tough jobs and seldom hear that their contributions are valued.