Having read a few studies about how simply smiling can shift
your emotions for the better, I was interested in a recent study
that suggested the opposite is sometimes true! A Michigan State
University study reported in the Academy of Management Journal
found that customer-service workers who faked a smile throughout
the day actually worsen their mood and withdraw from work. The
good news: workers who smiled as a result of cultivating
positive thoughts (thinking about their vacation; their child;
their dog)improved their moods and withdrew less.
So maybe the old “fake it ‘til you make it” approach isn’t always
the way to go, unless you accompany it by shifting your internal
dialogue to shift your mood. Another study, reported in the
journal of Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, suggests
that shifting your mood might just pay off in the long run:
a review of more than 160 studies found compelling evidence that
happier people with a more positive state of mind enjoy better
health and live longer lives, creating a stronger link even than
the link between obesity and longevity. Positive moods in the
laboratory was found to reduce stress-related hormones and help
the heart recover following exertion.
The moral of the studies: add more humor to work, create fun
rituals, and foster an inspiring culture at work that makes it
easy to maintain a great attitude and smile from the INSIDE out!
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
Rather than the usual wall of photos of your team members, do
what one of my clients does and create a photo wall of everyone’s
pets, children, grandparents or spouses to remind everyone of
what’s truly important in life. ================================================================
Deep Thought of the Week
“If you’re convinced there’s only one way to go, you’re lost.”
It’s a Wacky World
Okay, this may be an urban legend, but it’s a good story: A man
gets a $40.00 photo radar speeding ticket in the mail with a photo
of his speeding car. Man sends police a photo of forty dollars.
Police send back man a photo of a man being handcuffed. Man pays
fine. Moral: a picture truly is worth a thousand words. Or at
least forty bucks.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2011 www.humoratwork.com
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