Faking Happiness

Are you happy in your church job?  Well… a new study says that if you fake your happiness when you’re at work, it can actually make things much worse.

According to Lifehacker.com, few people consider being 100 percent honest when asked how it’s going at work. But overcompensating on a bad day can not only make your secretly bad mood worse, it can hurt your task focus.

Here’s the scoop… essentially, people who smile and act happy when they are having a bad day are actually more withdrawn from their work than people that are honest about their day.  And… it’s worse for women than for men, according to the study.

According to the article, those who created smiles by thinking positive thoughts, or engaged in “deep acting,” seemed to actually cheer up, and their work output increased.

So, I guess attitude has a lot to do with it.

How do you act when you’re having a bad day?  Or when you hate your job?  Do you cop the fake smile, or actually think positive thoughts that help you stay engaged in the actual work you have to do.

Seems like a fine line to me many times… but it could be important in how much work you really get done… even on a bad time or during a bad season.

via Faking Happiness Can Make Your Bad Mood Worse.

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2 Comments

  • Peter February 22, 2011 Reply

    Sorry, but I think this is an oversimplification.

    1. if things aren’t going perfectly for you today, or this week, must you make everybody else suffer? (It’s another thing if you chronically hate your job.)
    2. I’ve known plenty of people who hated their job for a short or long period who were, as a result, as withdrawn from their work as you can possibly imagine.

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