Sunday, April 19, 2015

Only Happy People Need Apply

Like it or not, feelings and emotions play a huge role in every area of our personal and professional lives. However, many of the people we work with believe there is no room for emotions in the workplace. They’d be happy to create a sign to post at the door that states, “Please check your emotions at the door… we’re working here!”

But of course, they only mean those emotions that are perceived as negative, such as frustration, anger, shame, fear, or despair. Positive emotions, such as joy, happiness, gratitude, hope, and optimism, are always welcome. But is it possible to have the positive without the negative?

Recently I read about Robert Biswas-Diener, co-author of the book, The Upside of Your Dark Side in which he offers that our pursuit of happiness and strong tendency to avoid discomfort of any kind is making us psychologically weak. And according to a recent Harris Poll Happiness Index, Americans are less happy now than we were a few years ago.

Read More in this month's issue of Offbeat Business Show Magazine (Oh yeah, by the way that's me featured on this month's cover. How fun is that?!)


About the Author:
Monica Cornetti

A gamification speaker and designer, Monica Cornetti is rated as the #1 Gamification Guru in the World by UK-Based Leaderboarded. She is the author of the book Totally Awesome Training Activity Guide: Put Gamification to Work for You, writes The Gamification Report blog, and hosts the weekly Gamification Talk Radio program.

She is a professional consultant and known for being one of the leading players in thinking differently to create different results.  In fact, as an early adopter, she has been designing and delivering gamification programs for her clients since 2008.

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