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Laughter linked to increased productivity
- September 17, 2008
A researcher has discovered that positive humour in the workplace can lead to greater job satisfaction.

Psychologist Maren Rawlings from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne surveyed 300 workers from 20 different countries about their use of humour and how they perceived the humour used by their colleagues.

Ms Rawlings says she found a direct correlation between the climate of good humour in a workplace and employee satisfaction.

"If there is a lot of good humour that is shared and supports others...then people are generally well satisfied with what they are doing," she said.

Ms Rawlings says previous research has linked job satisfaction with productivity and her findings contradict the misconception that people who enjoy themselves in the workplace are not as productive.

She says it is important for employers to recognise the role humour plays in keeping workers satisfied.

"If employers take measures to encourage a positive humour climate in the workplace, they are more likely to retain their staff," she said.

"And with an ageing workforce it is vital for companies to keep good people."

Ms Rawlings will present her findings at the Australian Psychological Society's annual conference in Hobart later this month.

See http://www.abc.net.au

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TV watching can harm relationships 
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Jan 23, 2007 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A Purdue University professor in West Lafayette, Ind., says chronic television watching can be harmful to the development of a relationship.

"Some forms of technology, such as cell phones or e-mail, can help relationships survive long distances or busy schedules," said Glenn Sparks, professor of communication at the university and mass media effects expert. "But other uses, such as chronic television watching, can affect how people communicate in relationships or even keep people from making friends.

"There may be programs we like to watch together, and this is good, but there is a concern that a television that is always on interferes with how we communicate," Sparks said.

The professor said a reduced amount of talking, listening and eye contact takes place in rooms with TVs on. Sparks suggested that friends and couples make plans to do other activities besides watch TV, such as taking a walk, planning a vacation or playing a game.

"Making a change can mean more than just turning the television off," he said.

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Humor Is A Powerful Emotional Medicine 
Humor is a powerful emotional medicine that can lower stress, dissolve anger and unite families in troubled times. Mood is elevated by striving to find humor in difficult and frustrating situations. Laughing at ourselves and the situation helps reveal that small things are not the earth-shaking events they sometimes seem to be. Looking at a problem from a different perspective can make it seem less formidable and provide opportunities for greater objectivity and insight. Humor also helps us avoid loneliness by connecting with others who are attracted to genuine cheerfulness. And the good feeling that we get when we laugh can remain with us as an internal experience even after the laughter subsides.

The Doctor says "You'll live to be 60!" "I AM 60!" "See, what did I tell you?" - Henny Youngman

Mental health professionals point out that humor can also teach perspective by helping patients to see reality rather than the distortion that supports their distress. Humor shifts the ways in which we think, and distress is greatly associated with the way we think. It is not situations that generate our stress, it is the meaning we place on the situations. Humor adjusts the meaning of an event so that it is not so overwhelming.

Here are some additional things we can do to improve our mood, enjoyment of life and mental health.

* Attempt to laugh at situations rather than bemoan them this helps improve our disposition and the disposition of those around us.

* Use cathartic laughter to release pent-up feelings of anger and frustration in socially acceptable ways.

* Laugh as a means of reducing tension because laughter is often followed by a state of relaxation.

* Lower anxiety by visualizing a humorous situation to replace the view of an anxiety-producing situation.

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