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10 Easy Ways to Enjoy Work More

To be happier at work do more of what's already making you happy. Here are a few ideas.
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A recent study of U.S. workplaces revealed that 70 percent of people at work are either bored or miserable.  It doesn't have to be that way, though. Here are 10 things you can do, today and every day, to extract more joy from your job:

1. Observe more closely.

Half the fun of being at work is people-watching and figuring out what motivates them and why they do the things they do. Cultivate healthy curiosity and you'll never be bored.

2. Speak more thoughtfully.

Motor-mouths land themselves in avoidable jams and problems.  Thinking before speaking avoids the trouble and stress that can leech the joy from your day.

3. Learn more thoroughly.

If a job is worth doing, it's worth mastering.  The more you hone your skills, the more pleasure you'll extract from the exercising of them.

4. Breathe more deeply.

Shallow breathing starves the brain of oxygen, creating depression and anxiety. By contrast, deep breaths create calmness and relaxation.  Ahhh....

5. Eat more slowly.

Eating is one of life's greatest pleasures.  Rather than cramming junk down your gullet, select and savor the best food you can reasonably afford.

6. Envision more passionately.

Goals only motivate you if they have the oomph to get you moving.  The more intense the emotions you associate with a goal, the more likely you are to achieve it.

7. Smile more frequently.

Everyone knows people smile when they're happy, but few realize that it works the other way around. When you smile, it makes you happier.

8. Decide more swiftly.

Indecision is the plague of the workplace. It's always better to make a possibly wrong decision now than a possibly right decision when it's too late to matter.

9. Forgive more easily.

People are only human and so are the organizations they create. Holding grudges against others only makes you unhappy.  Let it be.  Let it go.

10. Be more grateful.

A wise man once wrote: "Never neglect the wonder of conscious existence, which too soon comes to an end!" In other words, any day that you're above ground is a good day.

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Last updated: Feb 17, 2014

GEOFFREY JAMES | Columnist

Geoffrey James is an author, speaker, and award-winning blogger. Originally a system architect, brand manager, and industry analyst inside two Fortune 100 companies, he's interviewed over a thousand successful executives, managers, entrepreneurs, and gurus to discover how business really works. His most recent book is "Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts that You Need to Know."

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