Yes, it is that most wonderful time of the year. For many of us it is a time to connect with people we love and care about, and to take time to rest and rejuvenate before a new year begins. Sometimes, it is also a very stressful time of year. There are gifts to buy, cards to mail, and cookies to make -- and those things can take away from the positivity of the season.
Focus on what you are looking forward to every day (not what you are dreading, not that your car might not start at the end of the day, not that you are dreading the slow ride home, etc.). Throughout the day (during breaks is a great time), ask yourself 'What went well so far today?' Then, pause and enjoy the experience.
It is well established that our brains are social. Neuroscience is confirming what we have always known: we are better -- healthier and happier -- when we have friends. So, if you're thinking that you might want to re-connect with some old friends, or cultivate some new friends, here are 15 reasons to get you started.
I believe that most of us would rather be in a 'good' (positive) mood, and we'd rather be working with people who are in a good mood too. Stress, overwhelming workloads, and the constant connection to technology seemingly required to function these days can cause the most calm of us to feel tense and anxious in short order. And that is costing us -- big time.
Sunday May 5 has been proclaimed World Laughter day, an annual event where people gather in public places to simply laugh. And the only way this might be possible is because of this bizarre aspect of human nature that has essentially been hiding in plain sight. You can make yourself laugh by simply laughing.
I am on a mission. My mission is to increase the messaging and information about positive mental health. I believe that the more we practice positive mental health, every day, the less chance there is that negative, debilitating, fateful thoughts, feelings or actions will transpire. There simply will not be room for those thoughts, feelings, and actions to take over.
What difference does one person make? Does one staff member in your business make a difference to your customers' experience (and to your organization's success)? Does one friend or personal connection make a difference to the quality of your life? If so, the question now becomes this: how do you make them stay at your business?
As we are midst the excitement of the summer Olympics, it's only fitting to begin with how positive psychology contributes to better Olympic performance. Dr. Martin Seligman, commonly known as the founding father of positive psychology, performed a fascinating experiment published in the journal of Psychological Science in 1990.