Help people to be happy and productive.
Think about the last time you went into work feeling negative. Chances are, you had a difficult time coming up with creative ideas, your interactions with colleagues were uninspiring or strained, and your productivity was lower than usual.
When you go into work feeling positive, however, possibilities and opportunities seem to be everywhere. You feel open and receptive to new ideas, your relationships are easy and supportive, and you get things done.
Most of us know intuitively that when we're in a positive frame of mind, we work better that day. However, we may not appreciate that, when we're happy, we also become more effective in the longer term. This forms the basis of the Broaden and Build Theory.
In this article, we'll explore this theory, and we'll look at how you can use the ideas behind it to help your people be happier and more effective.
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Fredrickson B.L (1998) 'What Good are Positive Emotions?' Review of General Psychology, No. 2.