Research shows that when people work with a positive mind set their performance on nearly every level – productivity, creativity, engagement improves. People who cultivate a positive mind-set perform better in the face of challenge. For companies, happy employees mean better bottom-line results.
Happiness is the most misunderstood driver of performance, and whilst most people believe that success precedes happiness, happiness resulting from success is in fact fleeting. Success is a moving target- as soon as you hit your target, you raise it again. Our general sense of well-being is surprisingly malleable. The habits we cultivate, our coworker interactions, and how we think about stress can all be managed to increase happiness.
Three ways individuals can cultivate their own sense of well being
Develop new habits. Recent research on neuroplasticity- the ability of the brain to change even into adulthood-reveals that as you develop new habits, you rewire the brain. Engage in one brief positive exercise every day for as little as three weeks.
Help your co-workers Many studies have found strong social support to be the greatest predictor of happiness during periods of high stress
Change your relationship with Stress. Stress is another factor contributing to people’s happiness at work. Stress has an upside. Stress is not just an obstacle to growth; it can be the fuel for it. Your attitude toward stress can dramatically change how it affects you.
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