01-06-2015 by 

Having a positive outlook and attitude at work is essential to you being able to do your job efficiently and correctly. Your overall mood at work is often heavily influenced by factors you can’t control, but it is possible to learn to control your mood and to correct negative thoughts bad switch negative emotions for positive ones.

In fact, most top performing employees have found ways to control their emotions and influence their own moods so that co-workers or clients cannot tell if they are having a bad day or if they are feeling stressed or upset.

Here are some tips to help you improve and maintain positive moods and outlooks before your career suffers:

Tip 1: Look at Suggestions With Positive Intent

When you are in an office environment you are part of a team and most team members will work differently than you do. These differences of opinions and methods can rub you the wrong way and seem like someone telling you what to do or not to do. Instead of looking at it this way, you can choose to look for the good and take their suggestions as it is likely intended to be- an attempt to help the team reach a mutual goal.

Tip 2: Avoid the Negativity Bug

It is important that you take steps to avoid catching the bad mood that other co-workers, team members, clients, customers, or office staff might bring with them. When you find yourself around others who are griping and complaining and showing negativity, it is easy to pick it up and start embracing that negativity yourself- even subconsciously.

Tip 3: Maximize Your Lunch Break

Take your lunch break and whenever possible leave your desk or work area. Eating lunch while still working is not as relaxing. Taking those precious minutes to walk away from your work and have a chance of scenery, can really vitalize your mind and give you an added boost of energy or inspiration. Along with lunch breaks, take little 5 minutes breaks when you can to stretch, get a drink, step outside for a few minutes of fresh air, or go to the bathroom.

Tip 4: Limit “Holding On”

You cannot always have control over when a certain emotion takes hold and you cannot always control what that emotion may be. But you do have the power to control how long the emotion lasts and what impact it has on your mood. Some bad moods go away quickly on their own but others will need a conscious effort to replace them with a better emotion and better thoughts.

Tip 5: Mood Shifts in Action

Assume you are working with some co-workers on a project and one of them offers a suggestion that seems to benefit their part of the project more than yours. If you do not approach feedback and discussions with the attitude and mindset that they are really trying to help everyone and that they are not out to get you, the little annoyances can add up quickly and destroy relationships and damage the productivity and teamwork your project needs!  

When the negativity bug bites and feeds all day long, day after day, it can steal away the joy from even the most enjoyable of tasks and make the less enjoyable jobs almost unbearable. So this is why you need to maintain a good day to day focus and stay positive. Giving yourself short little breaks throughout the day can be a great way to diffuse the negativity time bombs that might be ticking away in your mind throughout the day.

When an ill mood has taken hold and you want to get rid of it, give yourself two minutes to dwell on that emotion and the situation linked to it, then move on to something else and replace that negativity with more positive thoughts. Once a foul mood has stolen away your positive outlook, motivation and dampened your mood, you need to face it, deal with it, and then move on to better things so you can get back to being productive and being happy at work!

Mood Keywords: future, work, self-esteem, faults, decision-making, punishment
 
Sources:
1. “Ten Tips for Staying Happy at Work.” Beverly West. http://career-advice.monster.com/in-the-office/work-life-balance/ten-tips-for-staying-happy-at-work/article.aspx Published 2014.
2. “How to be Happy at Work.” Steve Denning. http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2014/06/06/how-to-be-happy-at-work-2/ Published June, 6, 2014.
 
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