I remember following my dad to work one day when I was a kid. My dad went out drinking the night before, and stayed up late. He was not his usual self. Yet once he got to work, a coworker said, "Hey, Bob! How's it going today?" My dad smiled and said, "I feel great!"
I asked him later why he said that, and he said, "Because it makes you look good and feel good." I didn't understand until I had a full time job as an RT where I work with people day in and day out. The people I like to associate with are those who are positive and happy.
A few years ago I started an experiment with myself. I decided I would say nothing but happy, positive things. When someone asked me how I was doing I'd say, "Great!" When the bosses made an unpopular change, I'd say something like, "It will all work out in the end."
I think people like it when I work. My coworkers like me and so do my bosses. My bosses particularly like me because they know I won't complain about decisions they had to make, especially ones that are not popular.
When I do complain, they the bosses take me seriously. That's a major advantage in itself. I recently had a run in with a coworker, and even though this wasn't what I expected, my bosses and my coworkers boss kowtowed to every wish I had.
This is a major advantage. After doing some research on the Internet I've learned there are other advantages of staying positive, such as...
- People like you better, even when they disagree with you
- Your positive attitude spreads to your coworkers, and this improves morale
- You make better decisions under pressure
- You have a greater chance at promotion
- Your marriage is more likely to succeed (by a 5-1 ratio)
- You will be more resilient to stress
- Make you feel better (Saying "I feel Great!" counters any feeling of stress)
- Positive people have more friends
- Positive people live longer
- Jon Gordon Blog
- The Mayo Clinic, "Positive Thinking: Reduce stress by eliminating self-talk," http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/positive-thinking/SR00009
- Smith, Jenn M, "The Benefits of Being Positive," ezinearticles.com, http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Benefits-of-Being-Positive&id=5031933, viewed 6-6-12