How a Positive Work Attitude Affects Your Job

By Justine Gado | Mar 21, 2019

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A positive work attitude creates wonders on your mood and everyone else’s near you. It affects them unintentionally and impacts their perspective throughout the day. It is something that goes deeper beyond the surface cheer. Meanwhile, a negative attitude promotes the opposite of every positive there is. It ruins the atmosphere and harmony of the workplace.

So what would you be? The mood ruiner or the mood maker?

If you decided to be the latter, here are a few tips on how to sustain the positiveness radiating inside you.

How to maintain a positive work attitude?

A positive attitude amplifies a good working environment for you and your coworkers. It is not just about plastering a smile on one’s face and trying to think happy thoughts all day.

Studies have shown that having a positive attitude makes your life seem broad and full of possibilities. It can also create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile.

In a typical office setting, maintaining a positive work attitude might be hard because of numerous pressuring factors. So here’s how you can maintain a positive attitude at work:

Surround yourself with positive people.

Connect with people who love their job and is interested in lots of other things besides work. Talk with them on your free time and slowly, you’ll adapt their mindset. Just like how the saying goes, “birds of the same feather flock together”. However, you can’t pick your co-workers. So instead of avoiding the negative ones, why not try to be the bigger person and spread positivity?

Practice the attitude of gratitude.

Start from the moment you wake up in the morning. Be grateful for a new day. Appreciate the fact that you have a house, a comfortable bed to lie down, and a job to look forward every day. Learn to say “thank you” for the smallest of favours or when a coworker opens the door for you. Every day won’t be perfect, but focusing on what we are grateful for tends to wash away all the feelings of negativity.

Paul Mills, a Professor at the University of California School of Medicine conducted studies that looked at the role of gratitude on heart health.

Now, help yourself. Make expressing gratitude a habit and see where it brings you.

Control your language.

Restrain yourself from cursing. Using a foul language to insult your coworker will only cause misunderstandings and probably hidden grudges in the long run. So to avoid having bad blood with your colleagues, it is best to not use heavy languages that will only result in unnecessary arguments.

Be nice to people.

A significant study in the Journal of Social Psychology reveals that doing something kind for people has the same effect as trying new and exciting things when it comes to feeling happy. So, if you are nice to other people on a regular basis, it’ll become a cycle of generosity and happiness that will eventually go as far as it could. Remember the saying that says, “mind over matter”? Practice thinking positively every day and witness how your whole being responds.

Being nice and kind with colleagues is so much better than talking behind their backs and arguing for the most nonsensical reasons. Bear in mind that a peaceful and happy workplace eases the mind, increases productivity and lessen the stress.

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