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Welcome to our Zone Positive blog. Here you will find reflections of our experiences working with organizations and teams as they build positive work cultures. We will explore a variety of workplace challenges through the eyes of positive psychology. We look forward to your comments and feedback. Enjoy!

Two kinds of gratitude- which describes you?

Charlie and Mike are close friends from childhood.  They both consider themselves to be grateful individuals…but listen to how differently they actualize and express their gratitude in the world. Charlie is grateful for the circumstances in his life.  He’s got a nice family, a good job, a spacious home, and many great friends.  He doesn’t…

Gratitude and Well-Being

With all the bleak and alarming news today, it can be really hard to remind ourselves of the things for which we can be thankful.  In fact, it can be easy for many of us to feel sorry for ourselves. Why me? What have I done to deserve this? But then there are those people,…

Want to be happy?  Try friends, kindness, gratitude and appreciation

Our earlier blogs have explored positive and negative emotions—the good, the bad, and the ugly! Now we turn to some practical applications you can use in your own life– how we can cultivate more positive emotions within ourselves.  How can we get away from the negative states with which we’re so acquainted that they often…

Ever try to think creatively when the walls are caving in?

Our last blog explained that positive emotions let us broaden our general perspective.  When we feel content and safe, we can do things like plan for the future.  After the big successful meeting with a major account, the sales team can relax and take some time to brainstorm the expansion strategy for next year.  If…

Anger versus Joy: which most often describes your life at work (and what are the consequences)

What functions do both negative and positive emotions serve?  Believe it or not, they are more than simple expressions of feeling.  They fulfill discrete purposes designed to help us navigate our daily life.             As a general rule, negative emotions allow us to cope and endure in the face of perceived threats.  In fact, they…

What’s the tone of your work meetings? Positive or negative?

Think back to the last meeting you had at work—maybe it was a planning meeting or perhaps you were going over team results. What was the tone of the meeting?  Was it positive for the most part?  Or were there undertones of judgement?  Was there praise, or was there criticism? Truth be told, both praise…

The impact of a negative boss is far-reaching!

If you’re like most people, at some point during your working life, you’ve had the experience of a bad boss.  You know…the critical, narrow-minded, uncommunicative type that has somehow managed to end up as your manager!  Surely the negative boss can become a daily thorn in your side.  Yet the influence of negative leaders goes…