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How to Stay Positive at Work (8 Useful Tips)

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Maintaining a positive mindset at work is a full-time job in itself, especially if you’re doing a job you don’t really like.

If you can relate, you’re in the right place.

In this article, I’ll be discussing how to develop a positive attitude toward your work so that you don’t spend half of your waking hours having thoughts that make you miserable.

Let’s take a closer look.

How to develop a positive attitude at work

Having a positive outlook at work goes hand in hand with increased happiness, tranquility, productivity, improved physical and mental health, and better overall well-being, not just while working but also during downtime.

Here are eight useful tips that’ll help you achieve that.

1. Set small goals

A simple way to start reshaping your attitude toward your job is by setting and achieving small goals.

The act of consistently achieving goals, no matter how small, will significantly boost your confidence, satisfaction, and motivation.

2. Avoid negativity

Negative people are extremely unlikely to create positive experiences.

If you’re hanging with coworkers who gossip, lie, procrastinate, complain, offend others, cause drama, etc., you’d better start steering clear of them.

Making friends with people you work with isn’t necessary. You can just put your blinkers on, do your job, get paid, go home, and socialize with your real friends in your free time.

3. Spread happiness

Happiness spreads in a positive feedback loop. When you spread happiness, you’re not only making others happier, you’re becoming happier yourself.

So, take the initiative to spread happiness at any given chance.

For example, you can thank a coworker for helping you complete a specific task by offering them a small present. Or you could thank your boss uniquely for guiding you through finishing a project by mentioning how precious their help was and how you couldn’t have done it without them.

Making an effort to be more positive yourself, could positively affect your attitude.

4. Take care of your health

Your overall mood is highly dependent on the status of both your physical and mental health.

If you take care of neither of them, it’s practically impossible to function properly and have a positive attitude toward anything in life.

Taking some time out of your busy schedule to work out and balance your diet could have an enormous impact on the quality of your life. In addition, make sure that you reduce or completely cease the intake of harmful substances like sodas, processed juices, refined sugar, alcohol, nicotine, etc.

Tending to your mental health is just as important.

Excessive stress and anxiety have the power to overshadow positive feelings and induce immense amounts of negativity towards all aspects of life.

Try not to occupy your mind with more obligations than you can handle. Take breaks, relax and enjoy time with your loved ones. Spend time in nature. Hang out alone with your thoughts. Practice mindfulness and gratitude.

Taking proper care of your mental health comes with tons of benefits, such as:

  • Stronger immune system
  • Higher energy
  • Increased productivity
  • Healthier relationships
  • Better sleep
  • Less stress and anxiety

5. Learn new skills

The source of the negativity you feel toward your job might be that you’ve gotten tired of doing the exact same thing day in, day out.

If your work has become stagnant and boring, learning new skills might help you get out of the rut.

For example, if you’re working as a customer service agent, you could start educating yourself about and implementing techniques for handling extremely angry customers.

If you’re in a job that involves large gaps of doing nothing (e.g., security guard, librarian, etc.), you could even start practicing a completely new skill unrelated to your current job. For instance, I have a friend who taught himself how to code websites from scratch while having nothing to do at his regular full-time office job.

Whatever the case, spending time learning new skills that interest you could raise your spirits and make you feel more accomplished and motivated.

6. Celebrate your achievements

Acknowledging and celebrating wins in your job triggers feelings of accomplishment, confidence, motivation, and happiness.

Taking no time to appreciate your achievements could have a negative impact on your overall attitude and productivity.

As such, the next time you achieve a goal at work, no matter how small, make sure to celebrate it and reward yourself accordingly.

Moreover, make sure that you talk about it with your loved ones. Receiving praising comments and congratulatory messages will further boost your positivity.

7. Focus on the positive

Even though every job has its pros and cons, most of the time we tend to unconsciously fixate on the latter.

If you can relate, just try to list out and focus on all the advantages your job has to offer. These can be your steady salary, health insurance, a daily task you enjoy, socializing with your coworkers, your 401(k) plan, the bonuses you receive, etc.

Such a shift in your perspective could potentially have a very positive impact on your overall attitude toward your work.

8. Practice mindfulness

Last, but not least, something that could completely annihilate your negative mindset is practicing mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a meditation technique of being fully aware of everything you experience at any given moment in a non-judgmental way.

Studies have shown that eight weeks into practicing mindfulness for just a few minutes per day, you’ll start reaping benefits, such as:

  • improved mood
  • boosted focus
  • enhanced emotional control
  • reduced stress & anxiety
  • better decision-making
  • less brain fog
  • higher mental clarity
  • higher-quality sleep
  • & more


Maintaining a positive attitude at work is no easy task.

However, if like most people, you simply can’t afford to quit and pursue a better job in the near future, you ought to take action toward improving your situation as soon as possible.

Spending 8+ hours at a place that makes you miserable is no way to live.

Start by taking stock and consistently implementing the tips I just shared with you for a few months. If you see no improvement in your overall attitude, you’ll need to seriously consider creating a plan to make your way to an opportunity that fulfills you more.


If you have any questions or require further help, leave a comment right below or contact me right here, and I’ll do my best to get back to you and point you in the right direction as soon as possible.

All the best, and stay safe,

Harry, Founder & Creative Director at


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Harry is the founder and creative director of Dear Boss I Quit. His mission is to inspire and help as many people as possible escape the 9-5 grind forever by building a passive income online just like he accomplished a few years back.

You can read more about Harry’s story right here.

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