A recent study found that the more positive people felt about themselves, the more likely they were to work hard and perform well.
It’s a well-established research finding, but the researchers wanted to know if the same thing was happening in other areas of life.
The answer was yes, said Dr Jochen Niehaus, the study’s lead author.
“We know that working hard is good for productivity and for your happiness.
This suggests that positive feelings towards yourself and your team can also lead to a higher level of motivation,” he said.
But what does that mean?
Dr Niehhaus said that people often forget that positive emotions can have a negative impact on your work and on your well-being.
For example, people can experience negative emotions such as guilt, shame or envy while working, leading to reduced productivity.
They also often forget about the importance of maintaining a positive attitude towards yourself.
Dr Nierhaus and his colleagues studied people who had completed a series of tests measuring a wide range of psychological factors.
The tests measured optimism, optimism bias, fearlessness and optimism bias.
The team used these data to calculate the psychological impact of positive emotions on performance and productivity.
Negative emotions can also cause negative attitudes.
For instance, when you’re worried about your performance, you may find yourself having negative thoughts and feelings.
Dr Neuschwander said that positive mood can be a powerful motivator.
“When you are motivated by something positive, you are more likely to do it,” he explained.
“If you are depressed, you can be discouraged and feel less inspired.” “
The researchers found that optimism bias and positive mood were more predictive of positive feelings than pessimistic mood. “
If you are depressed, you can be discouraged and feel less inspired.”
The researchers found that optimism bias and positive mood were more predictive of positive feelings than pessimistic mood.
The researchers also found that positive emotion levels were associated with a lower likelihood of work performance.
But, if people were motivated by positive feelings, they also showed more positive feelings when they were working.
“The fact that you are working when you are positive and not when you want to work is very useful,” Dr Nieshaus said.
“It is a really good way to be motivated.”
You may have heard that positive affect can be used to boost your performance.
This is not the case.
Dr Hahn said that although positive emotions have been shown to be good for your performance and happiness, positive mood is not a good motivator either.
“You need to know your emotions to work out what is going on,” he added.
“There are lots of studies showing that the better you feel, the less motivated you are to work.”
A positive mood boost will only come with experience and training.
To be effective, you need to practice.
“I think you have to train yourself, to see what you can do with positive emotions,” Dr Hain said.
For more tips on improving your productivity, training and your emotional wellbeing, visit WorkSmart.co.au.