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Easy Ways to Enjoy Your Job More

By Sandy Schroeder

In a fast-paced world, some days we may be too busy to notice if we are happy or not, but In the long run we know how we feel. If you enjoy your work you may be lucky. According to recent Gallup polls, a slim 13 percent of today’s employees are happy where they are at work.

Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that serves 75 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, took the time recently to tell us how we might join that lucky minority by creating some of our own happiness on the job.

Bradberry says life circumstances and genetics account for about 50 percent of our happiness. The rest is up to us. When we succeed in creating our own happiness, we are likely to be more energized, motivated and productive, which could work to make us even more satisfied.

Here are some approaches to try.

Get 7-9 hours sleep every night - Staying productive and feeling great can be quite a challenge if you are running on five to six hours of sleep a night. Start by making your bedroom a sleep retreat. Establish a regular bedtime and park your laptop, phone and TV outside. Use air filters to muffle noise, and blackout drapes to block the light. Establish a soothing sleep routine with soft music, warm baths, a book or a simple snack. Rest well and see how much better the job may go.

Exercise daily - If you can't exercise daily, at least try for three to four times a week with 30-minute workouts, walks or runs. When you are outside moving, your mood may lift and your energy may grow, putting you in a better spot on the job and at home.

Never obsess over things that can’t be controlled - If there is a solution for a problem, give it a shot, but never fret over things that are not fixable. Be honest with yourself and others and focus on the work at hand.

Immerse yourself in your work - The happiest people that I know genuinely enjoy what they do. Follow your skills and spend the most time on the ones that you enjoy most wherever possible.

Work clutter-free - Take a few minutes every day to clear off your desk and clean up your workspace to set the stage for a fresh start in the morning.

Learn to look ahead - The people that I have known who have been the most successful in their jobs were always ready for the next round. They gave it all they had, and then turned up the next day to try for more. That spirit can make work a lot more fun and productive.

If these approaches sound workable, try a few. Keep the ones that make a difference and keep looking for more.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Valencia, Calif.

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