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Encouraging Positive Emotion in the Workplace

Research shows that a simple exercise such as keeping a note at the end of the day of three good things that happened can increase happiness levels by re-educating the individual to pay more attention to what's right about their life

This can be adapted to an organisational context by starting team meetings with a round of what has gone well/been positive since the last meeting. This then allows everyone to start the meeting on a positive, affirmative note and may provide a bank of positive emotion to draw on if more contentious critical issues are discussed through the course of the meeting. It also encourages team members to look for what is going well and what they appreciate if they know they are expected to make a contribution of this kind at the next team meeting. 

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