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6 benefits of having a positive attitude at work

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Today's post was written by Breana Orland, a writer for Grants for College
. Breana also gives advice on the pursuit of higher education and career options for young adults. The post she's written today will apply to anyone who's ever woken up and though, "Ugh, I don't want to go to work today." Work can be less-than-pleasant at times, but there are many benefits to having a positive attitude at the office. Read Breana's post and learn how you can make the most of your workday! 

Work.  The word conjures up many images: sitting at a desk, staring at a computer, standing behind a counter, taking notes, taking orders, taking abuse, writing and re-writing, lifting, lugging, flipping, folding, and hauling, not to mention dragging yourself, kicking and screaming, from bed each morning to do it all over again.  One thing that most people do not visualize when considering work is a Zen environment in which you remain happy and calm throughout the day, return home stress-free, and wake up excited to face each new day.  But you would be surprised at what you can achieve by simply adjusting your attitude to make your dream job a reality (no matter what your current profession is).  Make no mistake.  Positivity is a choice; one that many of us struggle to attain each and every day.  But there are many reasons why a good attitude is important in the workplace. 

6 Benefits of a Positive Attitude at Work


1.  Less stress.  To begin with, it’s healthier for you and everyone around you.  More and more studies are showing that stress can bring about a host of physical and mental problems, from insomnia, fatigue, and loss of concentration to more serious ailments like severe depression, bodily aches and pains, hypertension (high blood pressure), digestive disorders (as severe as ulcers), and even heart attack and stroke.  You need to nip it in the bud now to avoid both short- and long-term side effects. 

2.    Happy peers.   Your stress level will certainly effect those around you, whether you are so scattered that you can’t organize your thoughts enough to send a coherent email, or you lash out in anger and frustration at a startled (and undeserving) co-worker.  Improving your disposition will have a ripple effect that positively influences everyone you come in contact with.

3.    Job security.  A bad attitude (and subsequent side effects) can get you fired, so take it down a notch, take a deep breath, and take a break before you go off the deep end (and into the abyss).  An employee who gets the ball rolling and keeps everyone on track is a much better asset.

4.   Boundaries.  Having a positive attitude is not only necessary for your health (and job stability), it is also required to enjoy life.  But you will have to take steps to get to your happy place.  You may not have the career you dreamed of.  Most of us don’t end up doing what we want, or even what we plan, but you can’t focus on the negative.  Keep in mind that you work to make money.  Nothing more, nothing less.  You are not obligated to do anything other than provide the services for which you were hired, so setting your limits may help you to keep an even keel in the workplace.

5.    Empowerment.  Don’t let the man get you down.  There will certainly be times when you’ll have to deal with tasks you don’t enjoy, ridiculous deadlines and demands, and rude co-workers or managers.  An excellent way is to empower yourself by saying no.  If you are unable or unwilling to perform a task, simply say no.  It’s not easy, but it will make you feel pretty good.

6.  Control.  You control your life, your path, and your decisions (including, often, how you feel).  So don’t be afraid to leave your job and look for something better.  As for difficulties with others in your office, try to be rational and forthright.  A lot of people are willing to meet standards of behavior if you let them know their actions are inappropriate.  And there’s always the HR department if all else fails.

In the long run, you are sure to hit some brick walls when it comes to maintaining a positive attitude at your job.  But the main thing to remember is that you are the one with the power.  You can decide to live a positive life, see the good in any situation, and work to resolve conflict in a reasonable and stress-free way.  And realizing that you can stay or leave at your will can often make a work situation a lot more bearable.  So don’t sweat the small stuff.  Just keep your chin up, smile as much as you can, and remind yourself that life is only as good as you make it.

Breana Orland is a writer for Grants for College. Breana also gives advice on the pursuit of higher education and career options for young adults.



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Breana -

Totally agree with you here. I've seen the difference that attitude can make for myself and with many clients. I just watched a show on TV where an exec visited two of his businesses. In one, the manager was miserable and hated her job. The whole site was a disaster and the employees were totally depressed. The other site had an upbeat, proactive manager who took ownership for the site and all the employee's welfare. Everything ran like clockwork and business was booming. Two identical businesses - two totally different outcomes. Attitude is everything.


Phil - Thanks for your comment on Breana's post. Attitude really IS everything.

> Positivity is a choice;
Well put -- we have to choose to focus on our inner-Tigger.

J.D. - Yes, it is absolutely a choice. It's not always the easiest choice, but we always benefit when we embrace our inner Tiggers!

Great post! I just started a new job so it's good to be reminded about some of this stuff.

I'm wondering if you have any tips for small talk at work? I'm friendly but not the most socially graceful. I have hard time breaking away from the "good morning, how are you? How was your weekend" dialogue.

Emmy - Glad you enjoyed this guest post! I also thought it was a great one. Small talk can be tricky and, from my experience, it often seems that people stick to some of the same topics: something relevant going on in the world/at work, the weather, and the weekend. You could always try asking if the person has read any good books lately or seen any good movies!

I am glad that I don't worry too much about what happens at the workplace anymore, now that I am retired. However, these are good things to consider. I still go in and write and work on things in the office; however, I am free from all the "obligations" that I used to have. It feels good.

"You control your life, your path, and your decisions" - I believe doing this also means to have the discipline to do so. It will so hard to deal with unprecedented obstacles, but staying calm and disciplined even in those kind of situations will get the job done.


Alvin - It's definitely hard to stay calm when things are tough. Thanks for sharing the link to your article!

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