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

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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