Ep 9 – How Negativity Creates Stress & Impacts the Workplace

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Ep 9 – How Negativity Creates Stress & Impacts the Workplace

Have you ever been in a funk where everything that comes out of your mouth is a complaint or ever had a manager stop by your office and all they do it say negative things?

Research shows that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation. You can probably think of someone you know in your life who does this. Complaining is tempting because it feels good, but like many other things that are enjoyable, it’s not a healthy habit. Complaining creates stress.

Repeated complaining also rewires your brain to make future complaining more likely. Over time, it’s easier for you or that person to be negative than to be positive, regardless of what’s happening around you. Complaining becomes your default behavior, which changes how people perceive you. It’s like shame or negativity spiral.

A 2016 article from Entrepreneur magazine talks about how negativity impacts the brain and what we can do about it. Over the years I’ve done a lot of personal work in this area. One of the things that works for me is having a daily positive affirmation when I feel myself shifting towards the negative side of things.

As I mentioned negativity causes stress which has a host of personal and professional implications. Dr. Cynthia Akrill shares the impact of stress on the workplace.

The key to getting yourself or others out of the negativity spiral is gratitude.Positive thinking and gratitude reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23%. Research conducted at the University of California, Davis, found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood and energy and substantially less anxiety due to lower cortisol levels.

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Learn more about Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource, and the host of the Workology Podcast. More of her blogs can be found here.


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