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Seven ways to feel happier at work


Not feeling like you’re making the most of every day? Want to feel more productive? Here are AXA’s top seven ways to bring a little more cheer to your working day.


1. Start the day on a good note

Take just a few minutes to breathe and savour your morning cup of tea, coffee or breakfast. Focus on what you’re eating and drinking. And, don’t log on to your emails until you’re at your desk. If you’re able to walk to work, or get off the tube or bus a stop earlier, just 20 minutes of fresh air has been found to boost happiness and feelings of well-being.

2. Get away from your desk

We’ve all been there, work starts piling up and before you know it, it’s 3pm and too late to take a lunch break. But set an alarm, make sure you get out from behind your desk and go for a walk or hit the break out room. It’ll not only boost your productivity but make you feel much better overall.

3. Be mindful and meditate

If you start to feel stressed or just want to increase productivity, there are a couple of quick meditations you can do right at your desk. Try sitting with your feet on the floor, closing your eyes and placing one hand on your chest and the other on your belly. Inhale for four counts, exhale for four counts and repeat. Or you could try doing a body scan – closing your eyes and noticing every part of your body, from the tips of your toes to the top of your head. Taking a minute to do a body scan, can really help you get out of your head and back to the present moment.

4. Help someone else out

There’s no doubt about it, helping others makes you feel happier. So grab a cup of tea for a colleague, offer to type up notes if they’re busy or ask if anyone needs any help. Even getting the door for someone with their hands full, it’s just spreading a little happiness that counts. 

5. Start big

Looking at your daily to-do list, tick off bigger tasks first as you’re more likely to be productive in the morning – and feel motivated when you’ve completed larger items.

6. Ditch the distractions

If you’re bombarded with hundreds of emails a day that end up taking your immediate attention, look at whether you can set restrictions on when you look at and respond to emails. It’ll make you more productive during the day and you’ll be in the right place to respond.

7. Think positive

It’s easier to remember the bad rather than the good, but just jotting down in your phone or notebook about what’s gone well for you before you go to bed will help you frame the day in a more positive light. And if you’re already pre-empting a busy morning ahead, write down what you’re thinking about so it’s off your mind.