How a Positive Morning Mood Affects Your Performance All Day
Ever have one of those mornings? Where you spill coffee on yourself, have a horrible commute, or get in a fight with your significant other right before work.
Bad mornings lead to bad moods, and nobody wants that. In fact, research shows that starting your day off with a positive mood affects your performance all day.
Mood Affects How You See the World
While we sometimes dismiss moods as no big deal, the fact is small irritations have a habit bringing down your whole day. No matter what you do. And we won’t even talk about those days that something really bad happens.
The fact is, moods can affect how we see the rest of the world. Researchers who published a study in the journal Academy of Managment found that our morning moods can determine how we interpret the day’s events:
Starting off at work wearing rose-colored glasses – or gray glasses – shapes the way we perceive events the rest of the day.
This can make us pretty irritable. But, it also plays a big role in our work performance.
How Does Mood Affect Productivity?
The researchers observed customer service representatives over a period of several weeks. They checked their moods in the morning and then at two other random times throughout the day. They also tracked how long they worked and how well they handled customer calls.
Researchers noticed that workers’ moods had a significant impact on their productivity. Not only by how well they did their job, but by how much work they got done:
We saw that employees could get into these negative spirals where they started the day in a bad mood and just got worse over the course of the day.
Workers in a bad mood would answer fewer calls and also take more breaks. Accounting for a loss of 10% in productivity.
On the other hand, those in a good mood communicated better and had a higher quality of work.
Good Moods Are More Resilient
Moods can and do change. But the data showed it was easier to stay in a good mood than to improve a bad one.
An employee’s good mood would only drop 17% of the time. And below average moods would only change to an above average mood 40% of the time.
On one hand, there’s still hope if you start your day off on the wrong foot. Things can and do improve. But it’s much simpler to keep a positive mood going.
Start Your Day With a Happy Mood
Moods matter. Research has also found mood impacts our decision making for long term happiness. It might even give us a small mental boost. So feeling positive gives us benefits in both the short and long term.
How do you start your day off right?
First, make sure you get enough sleep. It’s one of the biggest variables of how we feel in the morning. Secondly, it helps to have a morning ritual that gets those positive feelings flowing.
You might listen to inspiring music, savor the smell of that freshly ground coffee, go for an early morning jog (if you’re into that kinda’ thing), practice gratitude, or meditate.
Whatever you decide to do, though, be sure it makes you smile and feel good.