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5 Ways to be Happier from 9 to 5

By Amber Page

Do you ever find your mood slumping the minute you walk through the doors at your workplace? Or start counting the hours until you can leave the moment you arrive? We've all been there.

And while the only way to get out of a truly miserable work situation is to find a new job, there are things you can do to brighten up your days in your current position.

Create a Garden

OK, you probably can't plant an actual garden at your desk. But adding plants to your workspace can improve your concentration and productivity by up to 15 percent. They also help to boost your mood and reduce stress.

No window? No problem. There are plenty of houseplants able to thrive without much natural light. Try succulents, dracaenas, snake plants, or bromeliads.

Brighten Up Your desk

Let's face it. The lighting in offices is rarely ideal. Too often, the desks we call our home away from home are downright dim. 

Getting yourself a lamp that suits your style-and provides light where you need it -- can make you feel happier. As an added bonus, a properly lit work space causes much less stress on your eyes, and might help you avoid headaches.

Get Up and Get Moving

When you start to feel the doldrums kicking in, stand up. Move around a little. Maybe even take a short walk. Simply walking around can help improve your mood.

If you can't step away from your desk, try a little chair yoga. Your coworkers might look at you a little funny, but you'll feel better, mentally and physically.

Make Some Lunch Plans

While eating at your desk can make you feel like you're being more productive, taking a break actually tends to help you get more done.

To make your lunch break an even better mood booster, invite a friend or three. Making friends with your coworkers is a great way to make your working hours more fun -- and ensure your mood stays positive.

Tune In

The right music can make any task seem more fun. So if you're stuck doing something you dread, put on your favorite tunes (you'll probably want to get some headphones first). 

If the noise level in your office makes it hard to concentrate, music can also be a big help. Play some classical music, or find a playlist intended to help you focus. 

With any luck, these tips will help your working hours fly by -- or at least a little more pleasant.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fayetteville, N.C.

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