How to always stay positive at work

Having a positive attitude everywhere you go, show other people that your mindset focuses on the good rather than the bad.

A negative attitude increases fear and results in a narrow closed-minded focus. Staying positive at work also increases your performance.

Several studies suggest that if you have a truly positive attitude and mindset it broadens your limitations.

Your view of life will seem like you have all the possibilities in the world.

However, positive thinking is a rather fluffy term that nobody really seems to know what to do with.

Different research shows that positive thinking is about much more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat positive attitude.

If you truly want to be more positive, you shouldn’t just pretend.

How to always stay positive at work!

Real positive thoughts can create true value in your life.

They can help you build skills that especially workplaces are looking for.

A true positive attitude will shine through you from the inside.

10 ways to keep and maintain a positive attitude at work

Surround yourself with positive coworkers and people

Whoever you decide to spend your time with has an influence on your attitude.

If you often hang around those coworkers who constantly talk about other people at work in a negative way, it will rub off on you.

Surrounding yourself with positive people will help you stay positive at work.

No matter how positive you are and how much you believe you can change their attitude, that’s not always the case.

The thing is, you don’t choose who your coworkers are.

But you can choose and be cautious about how much time you spend with them.

If all your coworkers are negative and talk about each other in a negative way, be careful that you don’t start participating in their conversations.

If their attitude becomes too much, go for a walk instead of being a part of their conversation.

Negative talk and conversations all day can drain your energy completely.

It can make it impossible to stay positive at work.

Don’t fill your mind with negative input from social media

You need to be honest with yourself here.

What is the first thing you do in the morning, once you have turned your alarm off?

Do you reach for your phone and start scrolling through Facebook and Instagram?

Filling your mind with negative inputs will not help you stay positive at work.

Doing this first thing in the morning will bombard your mind with negative inputs.

Instead of going on social media during your breaks, listen to positive music, uplifting and inspiring audiobooks and podcasts.

Read books that encourage you and inspires you.

Ever heard the phrase: “You are what you eat?”

Why is that any different from what you feed your mind?

Feed your mind with positive information to stay positive at work and throughout the day.

Be aware of the way you speak

Do you swear a lot at work? Or maybe in general?

Being more conscious of what words actually come out of your mouth will help improve your positivity.

Swearing is a negative way to speak and it will feed your mind negatively.

Swearing puts you in a negative light, especially at work.

If you are with your friends, you can do whatever you want, but being more professional at work will also affect you positively.

Develop a mindful and relaxing morning routine

You don’t have to get up at 5 to create a relaxing morning routine.

Maybe you don’t want to go running or do yoga first thing in the morning.

What works for you may be taking a hot shower, eating your favorite breakfast and listening to your favorite podcast or audiobook.

Having a relaxing morning routine will help you stay positive at work.

And that’s ok. What works for me may not work for you, and what works for you may not work for me.

At the same time, however, you need to get rid of habits that cause stress and anxiety.

This could be scrolling through Facebook or Instagram first thing in the morning.

Start embracing and practicing gratitude

If you want to be more positive at work, practicing gratitude is the way to go.

Staying positive at work is easier when you actually embrace gratitude from the moment you wake up.


Studies suggest that people who meditate on a daily basis are generally happier and more positive at work and in life than people who don’t.

Meditation is a way to open your eyes and see a higher purpose in life.

Meditation is also a way to help you stay present and not linger in the past or in the future.

If you have a presentation at work, and you are feeling nervous, meditation can help you stay calm during the presentation.

Meditation also works well before a final in college.

Whenever you feel stressed, anxious or nervous, taking 2 minutes to yourself to try and calm down, can make a huge difference in your performance at work.

If you are feeling irritated or angry with one of your coworkers, don’t reply out of anger.

Take a couple of minutes to yourself to calm down and breathe.

Then you can go back to your coworker and explain to him or her, why you felt angry with that exact situation.

Leave your work for lunch

Don’t eat your lunch at your desk.

Go somewhere else for a change of environment.

Taking breaks away from your desk can make a huge difference in your performance at work.

Leave your work for lunch and go outside

If you have the time go for a walk outside.

Especially during the winter months, it is extremely important to get that sunlight.

Even if you only go outside for 10 or 15 minutes.

Going for a walk and getting outside in sunlight has been proven to improve your mood greatly.

Make sure you eat a healthy diet

Your brain muscles work 24/7.

It’s extremely important that you fuel your brain with the right kind of food.

If you continuously eat unhealthy junk food and fast food every day, it will eventually affect how you feel and behave.

Make sure you eat a healthy diet

I know that a lot of people don’t eat in the morning.

They simply don’t feel hungry.

However, eating a proper and healthy meal in the first few hours of your day could make a huge difference in your performance at work.

If you eat a healthy breakfast every day, several studies suggest that it will improve your overall mood and it will provide you with energy throughout the day.

Skipping breakfast keeps your blood sugar levels low and this can affect your concentration.

Starting your day off with fibers, nutrients, lean protein, healthy fats, and whole-grain carbohydrates is great.

Regular exercise

I know the last thing you probably want to do when you get home is exercise.

However, if you want to keep a positive attitude at work and in life in general, regular exercising is key. Benefits of regular exercising is:

  • Stress and anxiety relief
  • Increases your concentration
  • Releases feel-good hormones also known as endorphins that will make you feel great after exercising
  • Improves your sleep
Regular exercise can help you stay positive at work.

You don’t need to run a marathon on day 1.

Start by walking and increase your activity weekly.

Yoga and pilates are my favorite ways to exercise. I also love swimming.

Get enough sleep

If you only sleep around 5 hours every night, staying positive throughout your entire day will seem impossible.

Sleep and stress (as well as anxiety) go hand in hand.

Adults should be getting somewhere between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every single night.

Lack of sleep can affect not only your physical health but also your mental health.

If your mental health is affected by lack of sleep it can be even harder to stay positive.

Stay mindful throughout your entire day

Practicing mindfulness such as breathing techniques and meditation can help you stay present during the day.

Learning to live mindfully can help you get rid of anxious and stressed feelings.

Those feelings often occur, when you are thinking either about your past or what you have to do once you get home.

Maybe you are even thinking about your tasks for tomorrow. Don’t. Staying present will help you focus and perform better at work.

Final thoughts

If you truly want to be more positive at work, you have to stop pretending.

You have to truly want to be more positive. You have to feel it deep inside of you.

Pretending to be positive won’t make you believe that it’s possible.

Start by implement 1 or 2 of these strategies and slowly work on your positive vibes at work.

Even if your coworkers are always negative being the positive one will put you in a better light.

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How to always stay positive at work

6 thoughts on “How to always stay positive at work”

  1. It’s really about how we live life – because while all of what you mention impacts your work, it is a way of life, rather than thinking work is somehow separate from the rest of life!
    I love it!

    1. I completely agree with you. You can compare it to a diet. I don’t like to use the word diet, as that sounds like something temporary, whereas if you change the way you eat and exercise, it becomes something that will change your lifestyle and it’s not temporary.
      Staying positive at work is also something that should not be temporary, but a lifestyle choice you need to make on your own.

      Thank you so much 🙂

  2. Hey, great article! I am interested in the ‘eat breakfast’ advice though… I’m hearing that’s not necessarily true anymore and it comes down to your personal metabolism. For people who are morning eaters, then not eating breakfast will impact them, but if you’ve never needed food for the first few hours of the day, and you are sharp and energetic, then don’t feel you have force-eat more calories for no reason… Interesting to see if this will become another old wives tale soon 🙂

    1. You are right. This is why I always say that it should always be op to you. If you are really not hungry until 10 or 11 am, then ofcourse there is no need for you to eat anything before then.
      But if you feel sluggish and unmotivated in the morning, and you are also not eating breakfast, then eating just a small breakfast might change your energy level and motivation completely.

      It’s all about trying what works best for you 🙂

    1. Yes. I see so many eating at their desk and saying they don’t feel motivated to keep working the rest of the day. Changing your scenery and eating somewhere else + going for a small walk can really make a huge difference in your work life 🙂

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