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  • How Positivity Increases Your Competitive Edge at Work

  • Michael Keane

    Having a positive outlook at work can benefit you in many ways.  Anything from pay raises, favorable performance reviews, better project assignments and other perks can be yours why you stand out from your colleagues.  In a buletin published by the American Psychology Association in 2005, one of the researchers, Sonha Lyubomirsky described how happy workers experience many advantages over their less happy peers.

    Here are four ways that positivity increases your competitive edge at work.

    1. You’re an expert problem solver

    • Studies show that having a positive mindset broadens your thinking and opens your eyes to opportunities.  That gives you the ability to see a problem from a variety of different vantage points.  You see the choices and different outcomes instead of limitations.  These are all characteristics of an expert problem solver.

    2. You perform well under pressure

    • Your ability to handle pressure situations is largely dependent on how you handle stress.  Reasearchers have found that when you have a positive mental approach, you’re more likely to look at pressure and stress as a challenge.  When you feel challenged by the pressure of an important project or task, your positivity gives you the confidence and ability to rise to the occasion.  Alternatively, when you have a negative mindset, you’re more likely to see this pressure as a threat.  When you feel threatened, your blood pressure and anxiety rises, adding to the pressure and making it more difficult for you to perform at your best.

    3. You Produce Results

    • When you’re healthy and well-rested, you perform better at work.  And happy people tend to practice healthy behaviors.

    4. People like you

    • When you consistently display a genuine and likeable demeanor, your colleagues, customers, and your managers take notice.  Likeable prople also receive more favorable performance assessments.


    How do you benefit from increasing your competitive edge at work?  I would like to hear your responses or examples of how being positive helped you in the workplace.



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