How do you typically feel while you’re at work? What is your thought process like? Do you find yourself inwardly complaining or even discouraging yourself? It’s becoming more and more apparent as time passes that our thoughts have more weight than just an emotional or mental effect – they can actually have a physical impact as well.
Here is how positivity impacts the workplace:
1. Negativity is cyclical.
The cycle of negativity can be detrimental in the workplace. It begins with a negative thought –- perhaps it’s about someone else or maybe it’s something you believe about yourself. This negative thought can turn into a negative feeling, and from there it can lead to negative behavior. This behavior can begin to take over and lead to decreased productivity and job satisfaction, thus cycling back to negative thoughts.
2. A positive mental attitude brings clarity and new perspectives.
Positive mental attitude (PMA) starts with you. Try beginning each morning by writing down 3 things that you’re grateful for. Throughout the day, focus on the compliments and praises you receive. Think about all of your abilities, what you’re good at, and why you should be proud of yourself. Think about something you’ve done for someone else recently and how happy it made him or her.
Oftentimes in the workplace, we’re faced with stress, frustrating situations, or difficult decisions. Continue to focus on the positive both at work and at home, and notice how it allows you to think about and approach certain situations differently. Maintaining a positive outlook can give you a new perspective as well as the opportunity to see things more clearly – a truly invaluable ability, especially in the workplace.
When negative thoughts arise, immediately take inventory of them and replace them with a positive affirmation instead. Negative ideas have a way of eating away at you mentally, emotionally and physically, so it’s important that they’re nipped in the bud. Wasted time, hindered creativity, and lower office morale are all things come from negativity.
3. Positive thinking helps the physical body.
A link has been found between a positive mental attitude and improved health such as a healthier weight, lower blood pressure, and reduced heart disease. A healthier physicality can cycle back to positive thinking as well as create a safer situation for us in the workplace.
If you work a high-risk job, you can face even more stress than other occupations -– both mentally and physically. With nearly 4 million non-fatal injuries recorded in 2012, it’s important to maintain a clear view of what’s going on in the workplace. Negative thoughts can cloud our vision while a positive attitude can create clarity, demonstrating that positivity is actually an aspect that can help keep us safe on the job.
Overall, a positive outlook leads to less stress and better coping skills – qualities that are crucial while in the workplace.
Tell us in the comments how you stay positive in the workplace!
Donna Fitzgerald is an avid reader and writer, who enjoys living along the coast of North Carolina. Entertained by her loving daughters, Donna stays active within her neighborhood and is passionate about health and family wellness. In her free time, you can find Donna curled up reading her favorite novel or writing in her journal.