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Much has been written about "toxic workplaces"in the sense of
bitter, vindictive staff.Offices can also get toxic in a physical
Computing equipment, floor coverings, paint and wallpaper
emit substances that tarnish the indoor climate.The potential
result: sore eyes, headaches, skin complaints and more.
So why not embrace the benefits of plants? More than just
visually soothing, plants promote a healthier, happier indoor
climate through two biological processes.
First,just like people, when they breathe, plants emit water
vapour back into the air. Second, they absorb heat and filter dust
and harmful substances.
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Cut the coffee
Limit your intake of coffee and other stimulants such as energy drinks,
says Crvenkovic. More than two to three coffees a day may trigger
increased anxiety, irritability and moodiness, thanks to accumulated
neurotoxins, and can sabotage sleep.
Refrain from ranting
Be flexible in your thinking. Your ideas
may be good but you will
achieve more if you respect
other people's instead of
adopting a hectoring or
vindictive stance. When
petty point-scoring is
banished from company
culture, everyone feels more
confident exchanging ideas.
Respect people's boundaries -- your own included. You are entitled to
keep some secrets. Likewise, if a colleague chooses to be a little cagey,
respect that, Crvenkovic says. People value their privacy just as much as
they appreciate recognition for achievements.
Unplug the computer
Or at least let it go into hibernation mode.In the Linked In age,that step
may sound like sacrilege but many workplace experts advise bursts of
abstinence.Treating your eyes to a rest from the screen will broaden your
horizons and open your mind.
Avoid happy-hour hook-ups
Resist romance. Even though an office affair is tempting and may seem
convenient,beware.The cost can outweigh the gain.Do you really want to
set the rumour mill churning and then, when the flirtation sours, feel
forced to dodge your old flame indefinitely -- or even resign?
Positive Psychology is the study of what
makes life worth living, that is, to flourish.
Flourishing includes what makes us feel
good about life and bounce back from life's
Yet for much of its history, the science and
practice of psychology was primarily concerned
with the downside of life: what contributes to
suffering, including depression and anxiety. So it
was with immense pleasure that, in June 2009, I
was one of 1500 people from around the world
to attend the First World Congress on Positive
Psychology in Philadelphia. By being there I was
among the first to hear Prof Martin Seligman's
current vision: The 51 per cent Goal.
That is by 2051, 51 per cent of the world's
population will be flourishing. Now that's a
remarkable goal given that the current figure is
10 per cent! However, for those familiar with
Seligman's work, you will know that he has been
an unassuming trailblazer for years.
Throughout his career, from his landmark
work on the mechanisms of depression, learned
helplessness, to his launch in 2000 of the field of
positive psychology, Seligman has been an
exceptionally talented researcher and visionary
in the field of psychology.
When people feel good, put to use what they
are good at, and are a part of something they
consider meaningful, they flourish -- becoming
authentically happy. Seligman's goal is for this
flourishing to be a foundational part of one's life,
not just to be present fleetingly.
As part of my commitment to The 51per cent
Goal, through this column I will share ways for
you to develop your ability to flourish -- naturally,
we can only scratch the surface here!
A key step in any area of change requires a level
of awareness. So take time now to reflect on
which areas of your life would you like to be
flourishing. Give yourself permission to think
about how you would feel if that area was
functioning well, and what might you be doing to
enable you to feel that way.
After all, we are more likely to get to our
destination if we know where we are headed;
even, if only vaguely! Enjoy your journey towards
flourishing:it's worth every step and hurdle along
*Patrea O'Donoghue, M.Psych,is a registered
psychologist and full member of the Australian
Psychological Society (APS).As an active member
of her profession, Patrea (rhyme's with tray) is the
Qld Convenor and National Committee member
for the APS's Interest Group in Coaching
Psychology.Patrea is an experienced change
manager (ten years with two of the 'big five'
consulting firms) and private practitioner based at
the Ormiston Medical Centre. Patrea is passionate
about positive psychology and its applications to
enhance performance in health and well-being,
education, relationships, sport, and work. Patrea is
available for corporate and individual
consultations. New clients booking an
appointment in September will receive an
extended consultation for the price of a standard
consultation -- that's 25 per cent extra!
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