5 Ways to Be Happier at Work

Stuck in a rut? These simple tips can help you perform better and feel more inspired in and out of the office

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The good old saying goes, “to each his own.” Whether it’s creating a playlist, overspending on a chai soy latte or sneaking in some online shopping, everyone has at least one way of making their work day a little more enjoyable. The fact is, however, is that there are several, easy ways that will not only get you through your day quicker, but may have you feeling happier (and even healthier) long after you leave office life in the dust. Try incorporating these simple tasks into your work week – after all – it is how you spend at least 40 hours of your time.

GET IT OVER WITH

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Are there certain tasks to your day that you absolutely dread? Instead of putting off your least favorite responsibilities for after lunch, prioritize to tackle these duties first. That way, you’ll have more to look forward to for the rest of the day and won’t find yourself struggling to complete the more challenging assignments at the very last minute.  Studies also show that work productivity is at its best earlier in the day, so use this statistic to your advantage and remember to eat a balanced breakfast!

DESK FLAIR

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For many, the office literally is home away from home. So why not make it feel that way? Surround yourself with framed pictures of loved ones, flowers, candles (as long as they’re not against your office’s policy) or anything else that gives you a warm, cozy feeling. Try sticking some fresh lavender in your pen jar- this miracle plant has amazing therapeutic benefits that can help keep you keep calm and cool as a cucumber throughout the day.

SNACK ON ALMONDS

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Nobody likes a “hangry” person – that is—the product of being so hungry, you become angry. Keep raw almonds close by for snacking in between meals. They’ll not only curve your appetite and help you stay full, but also have tremendous nutritional value. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, almonds are even considered “brain food” according to a recent article by Dr. David B. Samadi. Their healthy levels of vitamin E have been shown to prevent cognitive decline, boost alertness and preserve memory longer.

STRETCH

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Whether you’re constantly on your feet or stuck behind a computer, the power of some thorough stretching at least once a day can do wonders. You’ll release toxins from your muscles and improve blood flow, circulation and even your posture. Your newly relaxed muscles will be thankful for the much-needed attention!

SMILE MORE

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We’ve saved the best for last, probably because it’s the most simple of tasks on our list. Even when you don’t think you could be having a worse day, many experts recommend smiling for at least ten seconds to help dissipate any negative thoughts or feelings. This will help trick your brain into thinking you’re happy, and a warm smile can help spread happiness to others in the process. We like to call this the smile effect.

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Is Your Desk Job Killing You? (Killer Infographic)

Happy Tuesday, Spalettes! We’re almost half way through the week and, for many of us, in the midst of our week long sit-a-thon. If you find yourself constrained to a desk for the majority of your day, you may be suffering from cubicle cramps,  mouse wrist or the I-thought-you-said-this-chair-was-ergonomic backache. Worse than the aches and pains, the lack of physical activity during your 9-5 could be putting your health at risk.  From germs to stress, staying healthy at work is a lot of work. We recently received these sedentary statistics to urge you to get up and take a lap around the office (preferably to go wash your hands).

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Local Yokels

Guest contributor: Shelby Jones, Public Relations Manager, ISPA

Many companies depend upon local business to be successful. In fact, more and more hotel/resort and destination spas are opening their doors to locals. All you need is a driver’s license to prove that you live in town and you can take advantage of some special deals and discounts. The easiest way to find out if the spa resort in your town is offering this kind of deal is to call the spa and ask. You can usually buy one day passes so you can lounge by the pool or work out in the fitness room after your spa treatment.

Check out the following tips to help you increase your local traffic.

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Make It Rain

Guest contributor: Shelby Jones, ISPA Public Relations Manager

Any good business owner or rapper knows that if you want to “make it rain” then you’ve got to develop unique ways to increase your profit. Whether that’s coming up with new slang, sporting a grill or tying in promotions related to holidays is up to you. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are tips to help you boost your profits and make your business a pot of gold.

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Number One Stunna

Guest contributor: Shelby Jones, ISPA Public Relations Manager

Today is all about being number one—literally, the date is 1.11.11. Competition is fiercer than ever, so it’s important to show consumers that you’re no loser – you are the champions of your game. Become a cheerleader for your employees by giving them the tools and encouragement they need to beat out the competition.

In honor of today’s date, 1.11.11, the following articles can help make your team and business number one.

Like what you’re clicking? If you’re in the spa industry, we encourage you to become a member of our partner ISPAthe International Spa Association; weekly e-mails with pointers like these are just one small part of the package to help you succeed. ALSO: ISPA members receive a discount on Spa Week participation!