Forbes recently published an interview with Barbara L Fredrickson, Psychology Professor and author of Love 2.0: How Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do and Become. Fredrickson is a trailblazer in the science of positive psychology. In her interview, she outlines the root of unhappiness in the workplace:
All too often the problem is people don’t take the time to truly connect with each other. Feeling pressured to accomplish more each day, you multitask just to stay afloat. Every moment finds you plotting your next move, what’s next on your never-ending to-do list. Increasingly, you converse with others through emails, texts, tweets and other ways that don’t require speaking, let alone seeing one another.
She also offers a framework for how to redesign your job around love:
Listening and supporting your co-workers can renew your energy, give you confidence and build resources to face tough problems. Feelings of connections and camaraderie spark resilience and a more positive work climate. Create games at work and find other ways to open up and connect. In our office, we started a weekly card game at lunch. It’s made a huge difference.
Don’t miss the rest of her interview on Forbes for more in-depth insights and exercises we can all do to make our work life more joyful.
How connected and close do you feel to the people you interact with at work?
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