How to Stay Happy (and Stress Free) at Work

As the holidays come upon us, the stress from work and our personal lives feel more magnified than ever before. Although it’s very easy to allow negative emotions take a toll on us emotionally, JōbSource has compiled a list of actions you can take to keep you happy and stress-free this holiday season.


  1. Happiness is a Mindset

When you’re feeling overwhelmed or are simply having an off-day, focus on the positive things about your workplace. Whether it be the friendships you have cultivated, lessons you’ve learned or the things you have accomplished, there is always a silver lining to every situation. It’s a human condition to have things or situations bother you, but it’s also a choice to let those things affect you in the long run. Take a tip from Elsa and “Let it go!”—it’s better for your mental health.

*(If you’re dealing with a serious and reoccurring issue talk to your supervising manager or HR representative)


  1. Happy Tunes (Will Save You from Your Blues)

Create a playlist of your favorite calming, upbeat or empowering music. Research shows that mood and music are correlated, and overtime, can also help change your overall perception of the world. You will be surprised what a little music can do for you when you’re having a bad day.


  1. Take a Walk on a Sunny Day

Sun exposure releases a brain chemical called serotonin, the body’s very own “feel good” chemical, which helps contribute to feelings of happiness and well-being. Take advantage of the sunny days and go for a walk around the block to boost your mood. Even better, 15 minutes of mild sun exposure for three days is enough to get the full benefits of good ol’ vitamin D.


  1. Numbers Aren’t Everything

Sounds like shocking business advice, but sometimes the road to success is more valuable than the actual prize. In the business environment it’s easy to get overwhelmed with your current workload, hung up on the mistakes you’ve made or opportunities you’ve missed. Don’t forget to give yourself credit for all the hard work you put in—even if some things aren’t a success, it was still a lesson learned. It’s never a bad thing to credit yourself for trying your hardest.