Having a down day at work? Looking for something to raise your spirits? Well, the numbers 5, 3, and 1 can make you happier at work. Happiness at work can lead to raises and more money. So how do these numbers make you happy?

Psychologist Shilagh Mirgain explained at Today.com how the numbers 5, 3, and 1 can become your ticket to happiness. What she suggests is very easy for anyone to try at work, or even home too. If you say you don't have "enough time" for extra activities, think of it like this. The number 5 is probably the longest activity and it's only five minutes.


For 5 minutes a day, meditate. It isn't hard either. Don't get nervous. 5 minutes of meditation can turn down the noise in our heads and allow us to de-stress. The meditations they suggest aren't too crazy or too hard.

And the meditation she's recommending isn't going to take months to learn: it's as simple as focusing on your breathing.

"You track the breath and when your mind wanders just bring it back to the breath," Mirgain explained "We're training our minds to focus. So, over and over when your mind wanders, bring it back to the breath."

Think of how you will feel after only 5 minutes. I'm betting very relaxed, and calmed down a bit.




Going forward, write down 3 good things that happened throughout your day. I know for a fact Barnes and Noble sells journals so you can track all of this. You can improve your mood just by focusing on three good things that happen to you every day.

By training our brains which tend to focus on the negative to focus on the positive, we'll begin to see things in a more positive light.

The world is too negative on Facebook and Twitter. Try to block out this negativity by doing this easy simple step.



Do one act of kindness each day. This can be random, or a planned act. Honestly this has to be the easiest one. You can make someone laugh, buy a coffee for a friend, or do something for a stranger.

Lately I've been in the habit of leaving change I would have spent on a soda in our company vending machine in random places: car wash, laundromat, gas station, and even on a table at a fast food restaurant.




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