Without having to put “Happy” by Pharrell on repeat at work, here’s how to bring happiness to the workplace.

Life is too short to work in a job that makes you unhappy. But a career change isn’t always a feasible option, and sometimes it’s only small aspects of your job that you wish you could change. So how can you bring happiness to your workplace?

The answer lies within appreciation and gratitude, according to Eric Mosley and Derek Irvine, co-writers of the book “The Power of Thanks: How Social Recognition Empowers Employees and Creates a Best Place to Work.” They write, “While happiness at work makes people smarter, more engaged and more productive, people also have a similar but distinct need to achieve a sense of meaning in what they do. Happiness is about the self; feelings of meaning at work arise from the social context.”

Let’s take a closer look at what Mosley and Irvine are proposing, and how these efforts can affect your workplace.

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