A recent study found that employees are 22% more productive when they are happy than when they are unhappy.

Now I know what you’re thinking, well duh!

However as obvious as it may seem we often don’t act on this seemingly common knowledge. Sometimes we mentally put a barrier between our various tasks and happiness. We tell ourselves that first we must complete our tasks and then we can be happy.

To maximize productivity, we need to tear down that barrier and learn to be happy while we work. Here are three tips to help you maximize your productivity and your happiness.

Get enough sleep and don’t let yourself get too hungry

These two things are your foundation. If you’re exhausted or super hungry, the other stuff doesn’t really matter.

If you find yourself sitting for long periods of time, take a short break and walk around for a little

Not only is this good for your health, it can improve your mood and help you feel energized.

Use humor

President Lincoln battled with depression all his life in an era before anyone really knew what that was or how to treat it. One of the ways he coped with it was by telling funny stories and jokes. I think it’s safe to say that President Lincoln was a pretty productive guy. So, tell a joke, watch some stand up, laugh a little, as odd as it may seem, those things really can help you be more successful.