Positivity Counts

I read an interesting article the other day on how positivity impacts productivity.

The article suggests that consuming negative news in the morning (even just for a few minutes) hurts mood and well being.

Individuals who watched just three minutes of negative news in the morning had a whopping 27% greater likelihood of reporting their day as unhappy six to eight hours later compared to the positive condition.

It also hurts performance. The writer theorizes that mood impacts our behavior. If we feel pessimistic, we can fall into “learned helplessness” and assume that nothing we do has an impact on the current circumstances.

Their suggestion?

Start your day with empowering, solutions-focused news. Seek out stories on your favorite news site that are transformative, which means that they empower people with actions steps and potential solutions instead of just focusing on the problems. Occasionally, skip clicking on stories that are hypothetical or about tragic one-time situations that you can do nothing about. Find solution-focused news like Huffington Post’s new What’s Working series or CNN’s new impact series. If you don’t like that there’s so much negative news, don’t forget: you vote with your fingers. Every time you click on a story, you’re telling the media you want to be consuming this.

Lately I have been drawn to those sensationalist, pearl-clutching kind of headlines and observed it had a pretty bleak impact on my day. I dislike both HP and CNN but I’ll look for an alternative way to open the day.

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