As we juggle work and life responsibilities, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed or frustrated. However, the way we handle these emotions also determines our output, and it starts by turning around one bad day at a time.



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Identify the problem and act

To stop from “trending negative”, experts suggest taking a single concrete action to trend positive. This could mean sending that email you’ve been putting off, choosing to talk to a colleague you’ve been avoiding, or opting for a healthier lunch. Shawn Achor, the author of The Happiness Advantage, explains that since our brains tend to record victories, one good action can create a positive “mental avalanche” for the rest of the day.


Count your blessings

One of the easiest ways to turn around a lousy workday is to be grateful. Acknowledging what we are thankful for, such as family, friends, colleagues, or an awesome workplace, shifts our attention away from toxic emotions. “The times when it feels hardest to practice gratitude is when you get the most out of it”, explains Amie Gordon, a research psychologist. When negative thoughts emerge, ask yourself, “What are three good things that are happening right now?” to redirect your attitude.

Happiness is a choice

Happiness is like going to the gym – it’s a choice we make, and the more we train, the stronger we become, explains Mo Gawdat, author of Solve for HappyStudies indicate that when we choose optimism, our creativity rate triples, and we are 31 per cent more productive. “Your negative emotions spread like wildfire”, claims Annie McKee, co-author of Primal Leadership. “It’s worth changing your mood, not just to make your day more productive but to spare those around you.” Discover our three tips for a happier day at work.