According to an Academy of Management Journal study, focusing on the positive is good for your health.
Researchers found that employees who listed three good things that happened at work that day experienced less stress and stress-related symptoms, like headaches and muscle tension. And, they were able to transition better from work to home, which helped with their work-life balance.
So, for the next few weeks, set your smart phone alarm to remind you at the end of each workday to pause and write down those three positive experiences. Give it even more power by including why. For example, “My boss (or client) commended me for completing my project ahead of schedule.” Or “I chose the salad over the burger for lunch and took the stairs so I can lose five pounds this month.”
The more we choose to be aware of the positives and intentionally counter the inevitable negative experiences, the healthier and happier we will be.
Try it and let me know how it works for you! Invite a friend or coworker to do it, too.