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Learning How To Put Positive Emotions To Work


How many times have you watched positive or negative remarks dramatically change a situation? They can make things happen or just shut them down.

Growing up, I always knew my grandfather would have a positive word and move ahead to help solve any problem in our family. Others could be counted on to be negative, and create more problems.

Now Care2 is spotlighting theories from HeartMath that explain how positive emotions can help us live up to our potential and move ahead with life. They tell us when we experience positive emotions we think more clearly, sharpen our attention and act more effectively.

How This Works On the Job

Most of us have seen this happen at work. Strong team players tend to see the positive and help everybody move ahead. Negative players act in reverse, and sometimes slow everything down with time wasting challenges. I have worked in groups where they practically read each other’s minds. They knew and trusted each other, and often jumped in to keep things going when someone was late or had a problem come up. Those favors were always returned, creating a seamless effect in the work flow.

I have seen other groups where foot dragging, negative undercurrents, and even outright efforts to impede projects happened. The negative effect was a huge time waster and a big downer for individual morale. People came and went on that job, never staying very long.

Care2’s article suggests two ways to learn this positive approach to put it into action. Learn to care about and appreciate people and experiences. Caring keeps people involved as they respond and return the positive feelings. Learning to appreciate everything and everyone around us changes the way we interact with others, and often triggers the same thoughtful response.

To me, the whole positive approach at home or at work just helps people grow stronger as they learn to function more and more effectively. The overall effect in a group can be a stronger work place. I have seen this play out with small groups of co-workers, who worked together and depended on each other. As they worked they fell into an easy rhythm that moved the job ahead and made the office a comfortable place to be. They believed in each other and the difference was obvious.

Look around and see where you can practice caring and appreciating with your family, friends and co-workers as you learn how well positive attitudes can work. Be on the lookout for that positive spirit. Then just keep going. You are obviously in the right place.


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