Improve your outlook at work. Part 2.

It’s all about Brain Science. Why staying positive is your best defense against career stagnation.

Fortune Magazine wrote a recent article on the 6 ways to be happier at work. Here are the highlights.

Shawn Achor, head of Aspirant, a consulting firm that advises clients like Microsoft and American Express on how to keep morale and productivity up in these extraordinarily difficult timesIt finds that being upbeat, despite the stress, could actually help you thrive during a downturn.  Most people make the mistake of thinking that success leads to happiness. In fact, our brains work precisely the other way around.

Want to train your brain to stay upbeat? Here are six ways to get started:

1. Practice looking for the good. Think about three things you’re grateful for.

2. Have some fun. Many people think the words ‘work’ and ‘fun’ are mutually exclusive.

3. Brighten your office space. Everything around you affects your frame of mind.

4. Keep a journal. Verbalize your negative thoughts. The simple act of writing it down immediately decreases the magnitude.

5. Invest in people. The greatest predictor of success during stress and challenge is the quality and quantity of your relationships. Keep your social network active.

6. Think of work as a series of sprints, not a marathon. Try to split up your workday into short sprints of 90 to 120 minutes each, with a 5-minute break in between. Walk down the hall or around the block, call a friend, listen to a calming piece of music, or do some stretching exercises.

~ Sarah McNeill

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