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How to Keep Negativity Out of Your Business

Thursday, May 22, 2014

(GIFTBEAT)Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, provides business owners with suggestions for keeping the workplace positive. By incorporating these suggestions, Achor says both managers and staff can enjoy the personal and organizational benefits of making happiness a means to success.

1. Read books on how to motivate your staff and keep the workplace positive. One reading suggestion from Achor is Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin E. P. Seligman.

2. Inoculate yourself each day against the stresses you face by incorporating one positive action into your day.

3. Donít wait until after work to be happy. Find ways to make your day include something enjoyable.

4. Keep a journal of things you are grateful for in life and in business. Write in this journal each day to focus your positive thoughts.

5. Donít adopt irrational optimism. Make sure you use your positive thoughts as a way to fix the problems you need to address.

6. Maintain a belief that your current reality can become better.

7. Break large goals down into smaller, more manageable pieces. Smaller successes will help your brain take on bigger challenges later.

8. You can only control your own happiness, but a single positive outcome can ripple out through others and help them become more positive.

9. Continue a positive habit for at least 21 days so your brain will train itself to naturally act in a positive manner.

10. Donít allow negative situations or people to take center stage. Negativity can be like second-hand smoke and harm the success of you and your staff.

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