Countless research studies show that having a positive attitude leads to good health, happiness, and feelings of wellbeing and self-worth. Research also tells us that positivity in the workplace helps everyone feel better about themselves and coming into work, experience more energy and professional pride, and be more productive. So how can you be a catalyst for positivity in your workplace? Here are 5 easy ways.
Get pumped up and positive
Before heading into work, take a few minutes to breathe deeply and focus on how you want your day to go. Set an intention such as joy, patience, gratitude, etc. Where your intention goes, your energy flows. Listen to an inspirational book or music during your commute. The positive attitude and energy you bring to work will rub off on others.
Set the tone
Address everyone by name and give them an upbeat greeting such as: “It’s a great day to save some lives!” or “Let’s make it a good one!” or “Have I told you lately how much I enjoy working with you?” You set the example for others to follow. In a world with so much negativity, people are hungry for positive messages.
Whether you’re feeling it or not, put a smile on your face, even when you’re alone. Smiling can change your own mood (or keep the momentum going) and shift the energy for others as needed. It is a powerful tool to create and promote positive feelings and a sense of calm.
Recognize and appreciate
There is nothing more important than acknowledging what others do and thanking them for it. Whether they are lending a helping hand or just doing what they do every day in their usual efficient way, stop to let them know you notice and appreciate them. Focus on the good in others. Express gratitude liberally.
Commit random acts of kindness
Bring flowers in for the unit clerk. Answer a call bell for a fellow nurse. Bring in a latte for a coworker. Treat a new employee to lunch while at work. Anonymously post positive quotes and messages where others will see them. Spread happiness.
When you choose to be positive, giving, loving, and kind to others, it will come back to you in spades. When you treat others with respect and compassion, you’ll see both your personal and professional life filled with mutual feelings of good wishes and respect. Practice these 5 simple yet powerful techniques and be a positivity ambassador in your workplace.