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Entrepreneurs are optimistic people by nature—they see the world as it can be, not as it is. But no one can stay happy all the time. When business setbacks or personal troubles bring you down, it’s important to have ways to bring the joy back to your day. Here are three simple daily habits you can cultivate that will make you happier at work.

Track it

Keep a gratitude journal. A growing pile of research links expressive writing with positivity and feelings of wellbeing. If the notion of journaling sounds a little too Oprah-esque, send a quick email to someone—even yourself—citing something you’re grateful for at work.

The practice pays off, according to research: People who practice gratitude activities are more optimistic, feel better about their lives, exercise more and report fewer physical issues.

Make it routine

Cultivate a “happy habit” for at least 21 days. Find something that makes you feel great at work—whether it’s going for a quick workout or listening to Frank Ocean’s new CD while doing some filing—and work it in to your daily routine. If you can stick with it for at least 21 days, it’s more likely to become a regular habit.

Spread it

Start your daily emailing with a message of appreciation. Make a point of firing off a quick message of gratitude to someone as soon as you open your inbox—and before you get bogged down with urgent requests. It can quickly become a daily habit that will boost your happiness and productivity and strengthen your social network—one of the greatest predictors of employee success at work, according to Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage.

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