Sixty percent of happiness depends on your DNA and life circumstances, but what you think and do affect the other 40 percent—sweet news for your state of mind.
So take two weeks and these joy-inducing tips. You’ll be amazed at what one small tweak a day can do. The proof is in the positivity!
BLISS BOOSTER: Get up from your desk, drop by a friends desk, and ask about her weekend. The next time you send an email to a coworker, add a personal sign-off, wishing her luck in her upcoming race. No office confidante? Find someone you think you might have something in common with, and schedule a lunch.
PLEASURE PAYOFF: “The best predictor of joy on the job is not what you do but who you do it with,” says Jim Harter, Ph.D., coauthor of Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements. Having a good 9-to-5 friend makes you seven times more likely to feel engaged than those who don’t, leaving you happier on and off the clock, Harter reports. And don’t worry that taking time to schmooze will bug your boss: Social people tend to be more creative and productive.
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