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Studies have shown that watching or hearing negative stories in the news can affect a person’s mood. Negative feelings may not be the result of the amount of news people hear, but rather the way the stories are told. Everyone is a broadcaster. A person’s friends, family, and coworkers are his or her audience. The things people choose to talk about each day have a direct effect on their moods and the moods of those around them. In her work with the Institute for Applied Positive Research (IAPR), Michelle Gielan has come to three conclusions:

  1. People’s stories are a reflection of their mind-sets. Positive stories fuel hope and inspire others, even in difficult situations.

  2. People’s stories can predict their success in business, education, and health.

  3. Everyone is a broadcaster. People are constantly broadcasting information to others.

A person does not have to be in a position of power to influence others with positivity. In fact, research conducted with Fortune 100 companies found the top three predictors of success to be:

1. Work optimism. Those who can take a realistic look at work challenges and believe they can make a difference are more likely to be successful.

2. Positive engagement. People who see stress as a challenge rather than a threat are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs.

3. Support provision. Those who support others at work are less likely to experience burnout.


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