Do you ever think about how your attitude affects those around you? Life is stressful, so it’s not surprising that many people are just trying to get through the day. They’re not necessarily thinking about how their words and actions might impact the person next to them. There is no place this is more important in the workplace because cooperation is paramount to a healthy work environment. Here are some tips to help you be a more positive influence:
Sometimes the world can seem like such a negative place. It might feel like things are constantly going the wrong way. It helps to pause and think about all the things in your life that you are thankful for. Whether you’re thankful for your kids, your home, or your friends, remind yourself regularly what you’re grateful for. It will make it easier to take the small things in stride and you will genuinely feel happier.
Express Your Emotions
The most negative people tend to be the ones who repress their emotions. When you let every little frustration eat away at you, it starts to build up. You will be in a constant bad mood and this will affect the people around you. Others can tell if your smile is fake so instead you want to be honest about your feelings. People often think positive people only have positive emotions, but this is not true. If you’re frustrated that a co-worker keeps eating your lunch, confront them respectfully. Many times, issues will resolve themselves if you confront them head on.
Most workplaces have a fair amount of unnecessary drama. It’s best to avoid it, especially when it comes to gossip. Gossip creates an environment of distrust and negativity. Although gossip can be entertaining, it can often deteriorate into bullying. If you hear people gossiping it is better to smile politely and walk away. Plus, when you listen to gossip, your opinions of the target can change, often unfairly. You want to have a positive influence on everyone, not just the people who are popular.
Focus on Outcomes
Another thing that spreads in the workplace is anxiety. If you have a meeting or an important project coming up, you might find yourself stressing out about all the details and things that could go wrong. People around you will feel your stress and are more likely to become anxious as well. Instead, try focusing on a positive end result. If you can visualize a positive outcome, you’re more likely to experience one. Your attitude matters. When you envision these positive outcomes daily, the impact will be huge.
Adopting a positive attitude can be challenging because small things happen all the time that can affect your mood. You must train your mind to approach obstacles with optimism. Having a negative attitude dampens the mood of those around you, a simple smile or “thank you” can make someone’s day.
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