6 Ways happiness helps employees do their best work

July 30, 2018

Happiness is important because it impacts your life experience. And your life experience impacts your ability to be your best so you can do your best work.

 

This is because: 

 

1 happiness protects your heart

 

         happiness predicts lower heart rate and blood pressure

         heart disease risk can be 22 percent lower

Employees with a healthy heart can do their best work 

 

 

2 happiness strengthens your immune system

 

 

Employees with a healthy immune system can do their best work

 

 

3 happiness combats stress

 

Employees with less stress, or better able to manage stress, can do their best work

 

 

4 happy people have fewer aches and pains

 

Employees with fewer aches and pains can do their best work

 

 

5 happiness combats disease and disability

 

Employees with lower risk of disease and disability can do their best work

 

6 happiness lengthens our lives

 

Employees with a longer life can do their best work for longer and enjoy more retirement time

 

Research:

  1. Steptoe A., Wardle J. (2005) Positive affect and biological function in everyday life. Neurobiology of Aging Vol. 26

  2. Davidson, K. W., Mostofsky, E., & Whang, W. (2010). Don’t worry, be happy: positive affect and reduced 10-year incident coronary heart disease: The Canadian Nova Scotia Health Survey. European Heart Journal, 31(9), 1065–1070.

  3. Cohen S., Doyle W.J., Turner R.B., Alper C.M., Skoner D.P. (2003) Emotional style and susceptibility to the common cold. Psychosomatic Medicine Jul-Aug; 65(4)

  4. Marsland, A.L., Cohen S., Rabin B.S., Manuck S.B (2006). Trait positive affect and antibody response to hepatitis B vaccination. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity Volume 20, Issue 3

  5. Papousek I., Nauschnegg K., Paechter M. Lackner H.K., Goswami N., Schultera G. (2010) Trait and state positive affect and cardiovascular recovery from experimental academic stress. Biological Psychology. Volume 83, Issue 2.

  6. Pettit J.w., Kline J.P., Gencoz T., Gencoz F., Joiner T.E (Jr). (2001) Are Happy People Healthier? The Specific Role of Positive Affect in Predicting Self-Reported Health Symptoms. Journal of Research in Personality, Volume 35, Issue 4.

  7. Siahpush M., Spittal, M., Singh G.K., (2003) Happiness and Life Satisfaction Prospectively Predict Self-Rated Health, Physical Health, and the Presence of Limiting, Long-Term Health Conditions. American Journal of Health Promotion, September/October 2008, Vol. 23, No. 1

  8.  Breast cancer, psychological distress and life events among young women. (2008) Peled R., Carmil D., Siboni-Samocha O., Shoham-Vardi I. BMC Cancer 8:245

  9. Danner, D.D., Snowdon, D.A., Friesen, W.V. (2001) Positive Emotions in Early Life and Longevity: Findings from the Nun Study. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 80, No. 5.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

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