Work can be hard, and staying positive at work can be harder. We thought we would share 3 of the best ways to stay positive at work, and in general. Having a positive outlook on life doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to sometimes feel down, but it does mean knowing things will always improve no matter how bad they may seem now.

Turn your day around by focusing on the little things and practicing gratitude. Jim Rohn suggests that “Either you run the day, or the day runs you”. Looking at it in the context of the workplace, positivity allows you to change your day to how you want it to be. It reduces stress levels, increases productivity, and improves your ability to problem-solve. Positivity shown in the workplace can affect everyone for the better. Incorporating a few positive activities can help you improve your day at work.

1.) Make Positivity a Habit

In order to move towards a more positive space at work, your mind needs to align with your actions. Having a positive mindset or way of thinking needs to become a habit. Making a habit out of positive thinking can be done easily, by using positive language. By using positive language all the time, a habit forms and it becomes a part of your behavior. Practice positivity at work by smiling when you speak or having a “CAN DO” attitude. Instead of saying “no, because of…”, say “yes, as soon as…”. Incorporating these practices will make the world of difference when trying to get into the groove of positivity. These actions will also encourage those around you to do the same.

2.) Set Goals for Yourself

Setting goals for yourself at work can help keep you motivated when incorporating a positive attitude. Explore areas where you have room to grow your skills. By working on these skills you can develop a clearer sense of direction as to where you are going. When you have a clearer sense of where you want to be, this can contribute towards a better work ethic. A better work ethic is also associated with positivity in the workplace and with values, like productivity and teamwork.

3.) Practice Gratitude

Without sounding cliché, positivity can come from seeing the good in everything. A 2016 Forbes article states that you can start to express gratitude by appreciating everything. Start by developing this habit slowly, by appreciating every good thing in your life, no matter how small. It can include taking time to appreciate a good cup of coffee you made on your way to work or by being able to park in the shaded parking when getting to the office. Practice a mindful way of appreciating the small things and bring more positivity into every space of your life.