As you wake up late, you realize your alarm was set for p.m. instead of a.m. You rush to the shower only to discover all the hot water disappeared. To your despair, the kitchen looks like a disaster zone. Coffee drips down your white shirt when the vehicle in the next lane cuts you off. You arrive to your destination late, irritable, and wishing this day was over. Haven’t we all had bad days?
A recent study by Dr. Rothbard from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Wilk from the Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University analyzed the connection between productivity and a good mood. Employees who began their workday in a bad mood dropped more than 10% in productivity after interacting with customers. On the other hand, those who arrived with a pleasant disposition normally ended their day in a happy temperament and gave better service.
Here are 3 ways you can encourage a happy mood:
1. Have you heard the phrase “Smiles are contagious”? Smiling invokes positive emotions, unlike frowning, which psychologically produces negative emotions. When you put forth effort to smile, others around you will feel more upbeat and relaxed.
2. Decorate your workspace with items connected to favorite memories, such as pictures, song lyrics, or a favorite softball. Seeing these will trigger pleasant emotions.
3. Take a quick five-minute time out. Breathe deeply and try to slow down your mind. Now is a good time to talk to God about what’s bothering you or read a verse from Scripture. Not only will this deepen your intimacy with the Divine and allows God’s peace to wash over you, but praying also gives you space and time to change your attitude.
What else can you do to create a happy environment around you?
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