Kate White | Real Simple
A tech company I worked with found that its employees became more productive after the supervisor started offering one piece of praise a day. It wasn’t that each person received a compliment. All it took was one flattering remark total to make everyone, including the manager, feel more positive. Why? Whether you smile yourself or watch someone else smile, the happy facial expression can trigger your brain to release dopamine—a chemical that helps control your body’s reward centers and, in turn, kick your productivity into high gear.
Michelle Gielan is a cofounder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research, a company that works with businesses and schools to increase productivity and happiness. She lives in Chicago.
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