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A positive attitude goes further than just a smile and happy thoughts! Negative attitudes in the workplace can cause a ripple of problems. Maintaining positivity and shining it on others has the ability to increase focus and productivity. Remember these tips the next time stress or a heavy workload is getting the best of you!

1. Listen to Music

Take advantage of the opportunity to listen to music if your work environment allows. Music has the ability to lower stress and increase focus while tuning out distractions! Try curating a playlist of your favorite songs that boost your mood and productivity. Listening to music that makes you happy will help reinforce your positive attitude.

2. Surround Yourself with Positive

Maintain a friendly environment with your coworkers. If you have any Negative Nancy’s in your office; maybe try to limit those interactions. Instead, focus on surrounding yourself with others that are in good moods, ultimately lifting yours!

Another tip is to keep visual reminders around. Keep images and sayings that inspire and motivate you at your desk or even on your computer desktop! Whenever you are feeling stressed, these daily reminders will remind you of what is really important.

3. Take Breaks

Taking short breaks and leaving the office during your lunch break leads to higher job satisfaction, a decrease in stress, and a reset button on your focus! These breaks are important in maintaining a good mood. If you need ideas on what to do on your breaks, check out Fast Company’s post featured in our recent link roundup!

4. Set Goals and Achieve Them

Setting goals can help motivate you to work harder and create a clear path on what needs to be completed. Completing tasks that lead you to achieve your goals can help provide that positive attitude and satisfaction you need. Reward yourself for your achievements!

5. Keep Your Mind Positive

Constantly walking around with a positive attitude isn’t easy. When you start to feel negative or stressed, stop, and think of something that lifts your spirits. Whether that may be one of your favorite memories or listening to one of your favorite songs, you will feel better!

Remember not to beat yourself up for making a mistake. Everyone makes them and it is a learning experience. Accept what you’ve done wrong, learn from it, and move on. Dwelling on a mistake won’t do any good and can distract you from getting your work done. Turning a mistake into a step to later success makes for positivity!

6. Get a Good Sleep

Feeling grumpy when you’re tired is inevitable! Getting little sleep before work will most likely give you a negative attitude. A lack of sleep not only affects your mood but also your work performance. This can lead to making your coworkers and bosses upset; don’t create a domino effect! Changing your sleep patterns takes time but the benefits will be worth it.

7. Open Communication

Open communication with your managers and co-workers can go a long way. Miscommunication only causes problems, stress, and far from a positive environment! Communicating when there is a problem or confusion can easily solve a potential bump in the road.

8. Be a Team Player

Always be open to learning and teaching others what you know. Learn as much as you can from every experience you encounter. When a coworker has a question about something, offer to show them how it’s done when you go to do the task. Feeling like a valuable asset to a company and providing knowledge to others can help boost positivity.

Maintaining positivity at work can take willpower at times, but the more you implement these tips, the easier it will be. A positive attitude has a huge impact on your life and the lives around you!