Thursday, February 24, 2011

How to Use Your Super Power for Good - Peter Bregman - Harvard Business Review

How to Use Your Super Power for Good - Peter Bregman - Harvard Business Review: "Know your emotions, be in touch with your moods, and think of them like the common cold. If you feel infected by bad cheer, take a deep breath, recognize how you're feeling, and choose not to pass it on.
Instead, treat people with the empathy, care, and good humor that will make them feel happier, more connected, and more productive.
Here's the good news: Barsade's research found that positive moods are just as contagious as negative moods.
Is it really a choice though? If you're in a bad mood, can you decide to be happy? I find it hard, inauthentic, even dishonest, to do feign happiness.
But I have found a pretty simple solution to turning it all around: Kindness.
No matter how bad a mood I'm in, I've found it pretty straightforward to treat others with kindness. And that, invariably, has a positive affect on those around me, which, as we've seen, has a positive affect on me. And, voilà, my mood changes for the better."