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Life's too short to be doing something that doesn't make you bounce out of bed in the morning

The Dalai Lama was happy. The Sikh was happy. Everybody was happy. It was a happy moment. Later that same day the Dalai Lama was to be found at an event called Creating A Happier World. The intention to be happy is the first of The 9 Choices of Happy People listed by authors Rick Foster and Greg Hicks in their book of the same name. 'Intention is the active desire and commitment.

Google 'happy at' and the first suggested link follows with 'work'. Hit enter and you've got about 679 million results. Whatever your reason for work causing you woe – whether it's too mentally draining, clashes with co-workers occur too often or you're simply bored stiff in a 9–5 routine – there are some small steps you can take to improve your happiness. Even if you're not in a position to leave your job, you can become happier at work with these top tips.

1. Sleep better
Insufficient shut eye will mean everything you dislike about your job will be amplified by 10. Need tips for how to sleep better? Click here

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2. Eat a proper breakfast
Skip breakfast and you'll spend the whole morning thinking about your lunch, rather than focusing on the task in hand. A wasted morning will leave you feeling deflated and unmotivated, and it won't do anything to improve relations with your boss.

3. Be yourself
Don't be anyone other than yourself at work as playing a different persona will get exhausting. If you're in a job you hate because it requires you to be someone you're not, it's time to re-assess whether you're in the right industry.

4. Positivity is key
A negative attitude will get you nowhere. Find the good in what you're doing on a daily basis and it'll be a lot easier to get up in the mornings.

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5. Ask for feedback
Getting feedback on how you're doing is essential to progressing in your role. It's your chance to find areas you can improve on and discover what you're doing well.

6. Challenges are a good thing
If you're not being challenged at work, you run the risk of becoming static and bored. Embrace challenges – they're good for you!

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7. Do what you enjoy
Don't be in a job purely because it looks good on a CV – do something you care about and that drives you. You need to be passionate about what you're doing so you can create a good environment around you, which in turn helps drive the company forward.

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8. Learn to disconnect
Most importantly, leave work at the door and pick it up in the morning. Don't bring stress home that could cause relationship rifts or sleepless nights. If that's the case, it's time to find a new job.

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9. Have emergency savings
It's a good idea to have emergency bank funds for when things go wrong, or if you need some money to tie you over between jobs.

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10. Make plans
Don't let work dominate your life. If you book social events with friends and family, you'll have things to look forward to and will feel more motivated in the workplace.