I consider myself to be a glass half full type of gal and am always looking for the bright side of things when the unexpected happens. Even though I know there are people way more productive than me, I consider myself to be a hard worker, and I think being a happy person is a major influence on my work ethic and output.
We all know what it’s like to be around a grouchy, miserable coworker. It totally sucks! Their work tends to be sloppy, careless, and slow. Happy people on the other hand are easy to communicate with, they own up to their mistakes, are receptive to feedback, and produce quality work because they care.
I came across an inspiring video I want to share with you. The speaker is Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think, Inc. He has won many awards at Harvard University for his teachings on positive psychology. I will warn you, he talks very fast!
“[It’s] the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.” – Shawn Achor
Untemplaters, what did you think of the video? Are Happy People Better Workers? How has thinking positively changed your life?
Financial Samurai says
I’m annoyed with unhappy people at work. If you are unhappy at work, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
I know. There are always ways to bring about positive change. Work isn’t always going to be glamorous and looking for the positives in every situation will lead to better things.
101 Centavos says
You could also say that gripey sourpusses don’t put out their best efforts.
Agreed. Complainers will just sit and whine without getting anything done!
Edward Antrobus says
I like to gripe and complain, but overall, I would consider myself a happy person that lifts others up instead of tearing them down. I also like to think of myself as a pretty hard worker. So I would have to agree with your premise.
That’s interesting that you say you “like to gripe and complain.” I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone be open about that. When I was in my dark and unhappy years as a teen and complained a lot, I was always in denial about my habit. And fortunately I grew out of that phase!
I’m glad you consider yourself a happy person and a hard worker too. It’s a well balanced combination that goes hand in hand.
I know when I am happy, I work harder and better! If I enjoy my job, I put more into it too.
Me too! I’ve only been willing to stay late and go the extra mile for jobs that I enjoy and feel good about. I am way more productive when I’m happy and excited about reaching a goal.
My Money Design says
I’ll have to watch the video when I get home. But in general, I do not only believe in this but have experienced it for myself. Reality is all about perception. If you look at everything negatively, then it will be negative. If you can calm yourself, find the good in things, and always try to seek a more positive resolution, than you will not only be a better worker, but a better person to be around and have a better life!
Happy people are definitely more fun to be around. All of the closest friends I’ve had in life have all been positive thinkers too. I tried being friends with a girl during my school days who I really wanted to spend time with, but ended up dropping the friendship because she was always complaining about everything and I just got plain tired of it.
Life is much more fun and enjoyable when we can find a way to smile and be thankful even in the tough times!