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Forget pay rises or work friendships. Here's the one thing that's proven to bring happiness at work

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When you're not having the best time at work you might put it down to a lack of interest or not connecting with your colleagues.

But it seems the secret to a happy work day lies within our own perception of work.

Career analyst and author of five books on work and behaviour Daniel Pink - his TED talk on the puzzle of motivation has over 13million views - has surveyed some of the largest studies, experiments and data on "what makes some jobs soul-stirring and others soul-sucking" over the last few decades. 

He discovered the one thing that's proven to give a worker a good day is knowing they're progressing in some shape or form. In a recent post for Wired, he said:

“Harvard Business School professor Teresa Amabile and her husband, psychologist Steven Kramer, collected nearly 12,000 daily diary entries from 238 employees at seven companies to try to discover what constitutes a great day on the job. Their surprise finding? The single greatest day-to-day motivator—by far—was making “progress in meaningful work.” On days when people made headway—whether on fixing up Buicks or stitching up bodies—their motivation and performance soared. The lesson: Relentlessly gather feedback on how you’re progressing and celebrate progress at every turn.”

Every day, take some time out to recognise what you've accomplished, from small wins - for example breezing through a task you once struggled with - to large achievements. 

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