From reducing your levels of stress to increasing your resilience against hardship, adopting a positive mindset within your day-to-day life has a multitude of benefits. But embracing more positivity is a whole lot easier said than done, especially if your work environment tends to be a negative one. If that’s the case, here are five ways you can be a positive force in your workspace.
The first step is awareness
Recognize the negativity around you. Sometimes you can even feel your energy being drained by the words being spoken. If it feels bad or uncomfortable, then it’s negative. If you can identify what is happening, you can make good choices about handling it.
It all starts with you
In what ways are you contributing to the negativity around you? Are you listening to gossip or participating in conversations where the only focus is to denigrate, diminish or criticize? Remember, everything you say has an impact—so choose the words that respect people’s humanity and their right to be themselves.
Tell the other person how you feel by saying, “This doesn’t work for me.” It’s nonjudgmental since you’re making it about you, not them. Also, people often don’t realize they are being negative. Point it out in a gentle, caring way: “Do you realize you are complaining?” If you say nothing, your silence conveys permission to continue.
Be constructive, positive, meaningful and beneficial
What is the point or purpose of what you’re saying? Is it to hurt or help? And at the end of the conversation, is there an action step to take? Constructive conversations are empowering and leave people a little better off from having participated in them.
Praise and acknowledge
It’s amazing what a few words of praise and acknowledgment can do. You want to be the kind of person people gravitate to because they know they will be uplifted by you, not put down or drained of life-sustaining energy. In short, you want people to feel good after being in your presence.