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Even if you’re #blessed to have a job you love, everyone has those days where work, well, isn’t the number-one place you want to be. Deadlines, meetings, and shoulders hunched over a computer working away can wear on anyone. But according to a new study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, there’s a way to be that girl in the office. (You know the one: somehow always in a good mood and, even in the midst of chaos, has time to ask you about your weekend.) The best part? It’s super, super simple.

Researchers studied 30 office workers, doing an array of health tests and having them fill out questionnaires. The big takeaway? Taking a five-minute walk once an hour can greatly improve your mood. Easier said than done, right? It’s natural to get sucked into an uber-concentrated vortex of focusing on your screen and nothing else. But those colleagues who look like they aren’t working as hard because they are getting up more than you do, making tea or chatting with the intern? In the long run, they are actually better off because they are happier and, according to science, these small breaks don’t cause them to focus less or produce less or lower-quality work.

But where exactly do you walk to every hour? According to researchers, it can literally be anywhere, as long as you’re moving. It could be up and down the stairs in the hallway, over to the kitchen (good excuse to hydrate!), or just a lap around the office.

There you have it. Resolution for 2017: Get up and move.

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