Laugh All the Way to Work

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June 3, 2014 — 3,293 views  
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They say that laughter is the best medicine, but is it also a secret to workplace bliss? Experts certainly seem to think so. The British Psychological Society suggests that humor in the workplace can have a significant effect on the positive relationships between employees as well as the positive attitude in the office overall. Other studies featured by the American Psychological Association have shown that upbeat employees not only perform better but feel better about their jobs, increasing retention rates. 

The benefits of having a positive attitude and outlook at work extend far beyond the workday grind. From graduation to retirement, the only location that rivals the time each person spends at the office is their bed. It is extremely difficult to maintain a fulfilling and stress-free life outside of work when eight to nine hours each day are spent in a negative office. US News reports that positive psychology experts have found that there are four crucial ingredients to a blissful workplace life, including hope, self-efficacy, resilience, and optimism. Each of these factors is dependent upon a positive outlook not only on life but on the job as well.

To foster more positive employees, administrative professionals must first take a positive approach to workplace problems themselves. Studies show that the tone of a workplace is set first by the most negative person in the office and second by the person in charge. The first goal of any professional seeking to achieve a more positive attitude in their office should be to target the negative naysayers and turn them into positive team players if possible. If this isn't an option, administrators may need to let go of a persistently toxic employee who is poisoning the general office culture. 

Once you have the right people working together in the right ways, positivity tends to happen naturally. However, it is still necessary to maintain the momentum of an upbeat office environment. Happy employees tend to communicate better with one another, sharing information freely and making it easier for everyone to get the data they need to do their jobs. This can be accomplished through regular team building exercises and incentives that get everyone on the same page and rooting for the same team. 

Another less obvious but equally powerful benefit of a positive workplace attitude is the ability to leave work at the door. It's difficult to maintain a high level of energy and enthusiasm while at work without taking time to decompress at home. To do this, professionals can focus on positive, encouraging thoughts throughout the workday. A positive professional is able to give their all while at work and completely let go of workplace drama while at home, getting rested and replenished for the next day. Wake Forest Baptist Health explains that the mind-body connection when it comes to positivity is strong. A positive outlook can not only improve performance at work, but lower blood pressure, significantly lower the risk for heart disease, lower stress levels, and even boost the immune system. It may seem simple, but positivity really is a manageable goal that can revolutionize workplace life. 

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