If you really want to showcase your physique, it’s hard to beat the most-muscular pose. It is essentially a full-body cramp contraction that makes even an average torso and especially the chest look great. When you flex, most-muscular pose helps to highlight dense pectoralis, shoulders, arms and trapezius muscles. But it’s not the aesthetics of your physique that will make people notice you if you strike this pose. Almost no other pose will show the cross-striations and muscular density of your chest like this one. It is the pose that can capture the essence of the most genetically freaky chests.
The upper chest is pretty hard to hide in a straight-on view, and as good as a most-muscular pose is, a flat upper chest can’t slip under the radar, even with this godfather of all poses. A flat chest will spell disaster if you want to develop a truly outstanding chest, and is something that is avoidable with correct exercise selection. Even though the high-pulley cable crossovers use a lot of the same muscles as that shown in the most-muscular pose, the upper chest is somewhat minimized in this exercise. Unlike high-pulleys, low-pulley cable crossovers will blow up the upper part of your chest and anterior deltoids. If you thought the only way to get a thick upper chest was to do inclines, then this exercise will get you thinking in a whole different direction, because low cable crossovers will drive thickness and density into your upper chest and provide a great pump to enhance your anterior deltoid-pectoralis tie-in like you have not felt in a long time.
The pectoralis major muscle (“pecs” to most people) is shaped like a large fan. The fibers in this muscle pull from different orientations and angles so the upper area of the chest has a different functional activation line than the lower and medial fibers. The important function of the pectoralis is not on the chest, but it acts on the humerus bone of the upper arm, through manipulation of the shoulder (glenohumeral) joint. This large muscle covers the upper (superior) part of the chest and its outside (lateral) border forms the front (anterior) wall of the armpit (axilla).
The pectoralis major muscle has two heads. The sternocostal head takes its origin from the manubrium (the top portion of the sternum), the upper six costal cartilages (cartilages at the ends of the ribs that attach to the sternum) and from the tendinous-like portion of the superior part of the external oblique muscle (a lateral muscle of the abdominal wall). The clavicular head lies along the anterior lower surface of the clavicle (collarbone). A lot of people think this is the pectoralis minor, but it is not! The pectoralis minor muscle is actually a triangular muscle that lies on the anterior wall of the axilla and it is largely covered by the clavicular head of the pectoralis major. In other words, this muscle is deep and you cannot see it or feel it. The pectoralis minor actually stabilizes the scapula by bringing it forward (anteriorly) and downward (inferiorly) against the thoracic wall of the rib cage. Therefore, the pectoralis minor has no important role in building your chest, so if someone starts telling you about doing inclines or something else to build the pectoralis minor, walk away – he knows nothing about chests.
The deltoid muscle begins on the scapula bone (shoulder blade) and attaches (inserts) into the humerus bone of the upper arm. It caps other smaller scapular muscles associated with the shoulder joint and the bony connections that make up the shoulder joint. The deltoid muscle has three generally distinct regions on the bony portions from which it is anchored. This results in three parts to this muscle (anterior, medial, posterior) and each has a different function. The shoulder joint is capable of rotation, flexion and extension and collectively, the three deltoid regions can do all of these movements.
Only the anterior fibers of the deltoid are directly and strongly activated by low-pulley cable crossovers. These fibers take their origin from the lateral part of the clavicle and they attach to the anterior (front) and upper portion of the humerus bone of the upper arm. These fibers produce strong flexion of the humerus at the shoulder (bringing the humerus bone of the upper arm forward), and medial (internal) rotation of the humerus at the shoulder also help to move the arms toward the center of the body (adduction).
Standing Low Cable Crossovers
This exercise is more intense than incline dumbbell flyes or dumbbell presses, because there is constant tension throughout the entire exercise, and no opportunity for the clavicular head of the pectoralis muscles to rest until the set is over. Furthermore, the range of motion can be greater than with dumbbell flyes.
1. Position yourself between two pulley stations. Turn around so the pulleys are behind you and take one low-pulley handle in each hand.
2. Bend your elbows slightly to take any unnecessary stress off this joint and lock them in this position.
3. In the starting point, you should feel a good stretch across the entire pectoral girdle and up to the anterior deltoid.
4. With the palms supinated (turned toward the ceiling), pull the handles from the low-pulley station upward toward the lower part of your anterior deltoid. Completely cross the right hand over the left and both arms. Try to make the movement largely at the shoulder, not just by flexing your elbow (you don’t want to turn it into a version of a curl).
5. If you really want to also turn up the burners on the most medial parts of the pectoralis fibers that attach to the sternum, hold the handles at the top of the movement for a count of two. This type of contraction will increase the fiber recruitment in your entire chest musculature. If your body fat level is low enough, the fibers in your chest will begin jumping like a pit of snakes lying just below your skin as you hold the contraction.
6. Slowly lower the hands toward the floor and return to the starting position. Inhale deeply as you are lowering the handles.
7. On the next rep, cross the left arm over the right arm, then alternate on each repetition.
The angle of pull of the upper fibers of the clavicular head of the pectoralis major has a mechanical advantage by pulling the arms upward in the low-pulley crossovers. Therefore, this region gets preferentially activated as compared to the lower sternocostal head. Nevertheless, the sternocostal head of the pectoralis major and particularly the fibers, which lie beside the sternum, will be fully contracted at or near the end of each repetition when each arm is crossed over the other as far as possible. Therefore, this makes a great all-around exercise for blasting in muscle density, but it does emphasize the upper chest. In addition, the anterior deltoid fibers will contract strongly to assist in moving the arms forward toward your body (flexion of the humerus).
A host of other muscles are also activated during this exercise. For example, the latissimus dorsi and the teres major muscles of the back will assist arm adduction, by pulling the arms toward the body’s midline. The intercostal muscles will be activated during the strong inspiration, during which time the arms are abducted and also during expiration when the arms are adducted.
If you want to apply a blowtorch to your inner and upper chest, you can try some alternating partial repetitions between full repetitions. After holding the top position of the crossover, lower the pulley handles toward the feet and stop about waist level. Move your hands back to the top crossover position (including the squeeze at the top), then finally, bring the handles all the way down to the starting position to get the good stretch across the chest and then repeat this sequence. You should not count the partial repetitions as part of your set – they are extra contractions and not meant to replace your full repetitions. Data have shown that contractions from these shortened positions are most likely to activate the larger fast-twitch fibers, so this may add even more mass that you might otherwise expect if you include a few in the final 2 sets of your workout.
You cannot help getting a great biceps pump with this exercise, but if you find that your biceps are fatiguing before your chest, you are likely flexing your elbows too much as you are raising the hands upward. Try to keep most of the movement at the shoulders.
This exercise may not build overall chest mass as rapidly as exercises like benching. Nevertheless, the low-pulley cable crossover will more completely activate and selectively recruit the clavicular attachments of the pectoralis better than almost any other exercise for a more balanced and tension-filled development than you have ever had before. After a good four to five months of work on this exercise, do not be surprised if your most-muscular pose has risen on the ladder toward that of dense, freaky chests.
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Title: Building a Better Upper Chest
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Published Date: Thu, 08 Jul 2021 18:19:39 +0000
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A Mans Best Friend – How Does Owning A Dog Improve The Quality Of Life For Men?
As men navigate the challenges and demands of the modern world, it becomes increasingly important to prioritize their overall well-being. While different individuals may find solace in various activities and hobbies, owning a dog has emerged as a proven method to improve the quality of life for men. With their unconditional love, companionship, and ability to bring joy and fulfillment into our lives, dogs have become much more than just pets — they are valued members of our families. In this blog post, we will explore the numerous ways in which owning a dog can positively impact the lives of men, from promoting physical health and mental well-being to fostering social connections and personal growth. So, if you’re a man considering welcoming a furry friend into your life or if you’re simply interested in learning more about the benefits, read on to discover how owning a dog can enrich your life in ways you might not have anticipated.
Highlighting the companionship and emotional support that dogs provide
Companionship and emotional support from dogs can have a profound impact on improving the quality of life for men. Dogs are known for their unwavering loyalty and unconditional love, making them the perfect companions for men seeking emotional support.
In today’s fast-paced and often stressful world, it’s not uncommon for men to feel isolated or overwhelmed. However, owning a dog can help alleviate those feelings by providing constant companionship. Dogs are always there, ready to greet their owners with excitement and a wagging tail, creating a sense of belonging and connection.
Dogs also have an innate ability to sense their owner’s emotions, making them invaluable sources of emotional support. Whether it’s a rough day at work or a personal challenge, dogs have a unique way of offering comfort and empathy. Their presence alone can make a significant difference, as they provide a non-judgmental ear to listen and a source of comfort through physical touch.
Studies have shown that owning a dog can reduce stress levels and increase feelings of happiness and overall well-being. Beyond companionship, interacting with dogs releases oxytocin, a hormone known for its positive effects on mood and stress reduction. This natural “happy hormone” not only improves emotional stability but also has physical benefits, including lowered blood pressure and reduced risk of heart disease.
Moreover, dogs encourage men to live healthier and more active lifestyles. Regular walks, playtime, and outdoor activities with their furry companions help men stay physically fit and maintain a more balanced routine. Exercise has been proven to boost endorphins, reduce anxiety, and improve sleep patterns, all crucial factors in enhancing the overall quality of life.
Exploring the positive impact of dog ownership on mental health
Dog ownership has long been associated with a range of health benefits, particularly when it comes to improving mental well-being. Men, in particular, can greatly benefit from the presence of a furry friend in their lives. Owning a dog not only provides companionship but also has the potential to reduce stress and anxiety levels.
Studies have shown that spending time with dogs can have a calming effect on individuals, leading to reduced stress levels. Interacting with dogs has been found to increase the production of oxytocin, often referred to as the “love hormone.” Oxytocin is known to play a significant role in reducing stress and promoting feelings of relaxation. Simply petting or spending time with a dog can have a soothing effect on the mind, providing an escape from the pressures of daily life.
Additionally, dogs require regular exercise, which can benefit both physical and mental health. Engaging in physical activity with a dog, such as going for walks or playing fetch, releases endorphins – hormones known for their positive effects on mood. Regular exercise not only helps to reduce stress and anxiety but also improves overall mental well-being.
Moreover, the social support provided by a dog can have a profound impact on mental health, particularly for men who may find it challenging to express their emotions or seek support from others. Dogs are non-judgmental listeners and can be a source of comfort during difficult times. Sharing a bond with a dog creates a sense of companionship, reducing feelings of isolation and boosting self-esteem.
Studies have also shown that dog owners tend to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, further promoting overall health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Improved physical health can indirectly contribute to better mental well-being, as a healthy body supports a healthy mind.
The physical benefits of owning a dog
Owning a dog has numerous physical benefits for men that greatly enhance their overall quality of life. From increased exercise levels to improved cardiovascular health, the positive impact of having a furry companion cannot be understated.
Regular exercise is vital for a healthy lifestyle, and owning a dog provides the perfect motivation to stay active. Unlike going to a gym or jogging alone, owning a dog encourages men to engage in daily physical activity. Taking them for walks, playing fetch or even participating in agility training can significantly increase the amount of exercise men get on a regular basis. This increased physical activity not only helps to shed extra pounds but also provides an opportunity for men to stay fit and maintain a healthy body weight.
In addition to the active playtime, the daily routine of caring for a dog also involves regular walks. These walks not only benefit the dog but also benefit men by bringing about cardiovascular improvements. As dogs are energetic and enthusiastic walkers, their owners often find themselves walking longer distances and at a brisker pace than they would on their own. This increased physical exertion helps strengthen the heart muscles, improve blood circulation, and lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Moreover, owning a dog can also have a positive impact on mental health, indirectly contributing to physical well-being. The companionship of a dog brings joy and happiness to men’s lives, reducing stress levels and promoting overall mental well-being. Studies have shown that reduced stress levels play a significant role in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. By reducing stress, owning a dog can indirectly contribute to improved cardiovascular health.
It is important to note that the physical benefits of owning a dog are not limited to the cardiovascular system alone. Increased physical activity and exercise have a positive impact on muscle strength, bone density, and overall physical fitness. By incorporating a dog into their lives, men can enjoy a more active lifestyle, leading to these various physical health benefits.
Touching upon the role of dogs in strengthening social connections and combating loneliness
Owning a dog goes beyond providing companionship and loyalty; it also significantly improves the quality of life for men by playing a vital role in strengthening social connections and combating loneliness. In today’s fast-paced and digitally-dominated world, it is not uncommon for men to feel isolated or disconnected. However, the presence of a furry friend can make a world of difference.
Firstly, dogs act as social catalysts, effortlessly breaking down social barriers and facilitating connections among individuals. The simple act of walking a dog in the park can lead to spontaneous conversations with other dog owners and passersby. Dogs have an uncanny ability to draw people together, sparking conversations, and creating opportunities for interaction. These interactions not only provide a sense of belonging but also widen social circles and foster new friendships.
Additionally, owning a dog can combat feelings of loneliness, especially for men living alone or those experiencing solitude due to work or life circumstances. Dogs provide constant companionship and unwavering support, which can easily alleviate feelings of isolation. Men often find solace in the unconditional love and acceptance they receive from their furry friends.
Furthermore, dogs have been known to be natural facilitators of social activities and outings. From trips to the dog park to attending dog-friendly events, owning a dog opens doors to various social engagements. Men can connect over shared interests and bond with other dog owners, creating a sense of community and belonging.
It is worth noting that dogs can also help men build confidence and improve communication skills. Interacting and caring for a pet encourages individuals to develop empathy, patience, and responsibility, qualities that positively impact personal relationships, both with fellow humans and in professional settings.
Addressing the sense of responsibility and purpose that owning a dog instills in men
Owning a dog can be a transformative experience for anyone, including men. Beyond the companionship and unconditional love they offer, dogs have a unique way of instilling a sense of responsibility and purpose in their owners. This is particularly beneficial for men who may be seeking a renewed sense of self and direction in life.
When a man decides to bring a dog into his home, he takes on the role of caregiver and provider. This sense of responsibility goes beyond simply feeding and walking the dog; it encompasses all aspects of the dog’s well-being. From ensuring regular veterinary check-ups to keeping up with grooming and exercise needs, owning a dog requires commitment and dedication. In taking on these responsibilities, men develop a sense of purpose and take pride in being able to care for another living being.
The act of being responsible for a dog also encourages men to develop a routine and structure in their lives. Dogs thrive on routine, and by establishing a consistent schedule for feeding, exercise, and playtime, men are compelled to incorporate these elements into their own lives as well. This newfound structure can promote a better work-life balance, as men prioritize their dog’s needs alongside their own.
Moreover, dogs can be excellent teachers of patience and empathy. Training a dog requires time, effort, and plenty of understanding. Men who take the time to patiently train their dogs develop skills in communication, demonstrating empathy and compassion for their canine companions. This ability to understand and respond to a dog’s needs can translate into improved interpersonal relationships and a heightened sense of emotional intelligence.
Owning a dog also encourages men to lead an active lifestyle. Regular exercise is not only vital for a dog’s health but also for the owner’s. Whether it’s going for long walks, playing fetch in the park, or engaging in more vigorous activities like running or hiking, dogs motivate men to stay active and embrace a healthier lifestyle. This increased physical activity has numerous benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, reduced stress levels, and enhanced overall well-being.
The impact of dogs on men’s social lives
Dogs have long been known as man’s best friend, and their impact on men’s social lives is undeniable. Owning a dog not only provides companionship but also serves as a catalyst for social interactions and conversation starters.
For many men, especially those living alone or without a family, having a dog allows them to easily connect with others in their community. Taking your furry friend for a walk in the park or on the neighborhood streets instantly opens up opportunities for social interaction. Dogs are natural ice-breakers, attracting attention and creating a friendly atmosphere that encourages conversation.
Men walking their dogs often find themselves engaging in conversations with other dog owners, leading to new friendships and connections. These interactions can happen simply by exchanging pleasantries about the dogs or sharing stories about canine companionship. The shared experience of owning and caring for a dog is relatable, giving men common ground to connect with others who share similar interests.
Moreover, owning a dog provides men with a sense of responsibility and purpose. This responsibility often leads to increased participation in community events such as dog shows, pet-friendly social gatherings, or volunteering at animal shelters. These activities not only allow men to engage with like-minded individuals but also contribute to the community and make a positive impact.
Dogs also serve as conversation starters outside the typical dog-related setting. Whether at a café, park, or even at work, men with dogs become approachable, as their four-legged companions often become the topic of conversations. Discussing your dog’s breed, training methods, or even funny anecdotes can initiate conversations with colleagues, acquaintances, or potential new friends.
Furthermore, dogs can be seen as an extension of their owners’ personalities. Men who own dogs are often perceived as caring, responsible, and approachable individuals. This positive perception can attract others and facilitate social interactions, making it easier for men to initiate conversations or be approached by others.
How dogs can act as a source of therapy and emotional support for men with mental health issues
Dogs have proven to be more than just loyal companions to their owners; they can also play a significant role in improving the quality of life for men, particularly those struggling with mental health issues. Many studies have shown that owning a dog can act as a form of therapy and provide emotional support, making a positive impact on men’s overall well-being.
For men battling mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the presence of a dog can offer a sense of comfort and solace. Dogs have an innate ability to sense their owners’ emotions, offering unconditional love and companionship during tough times. When feeling overwhelmed or experiencing heightened levels of stress, simply petting or cuddling with a dog can release oxytocin, the “feel-good” hormone responsible for reducing stress and promoting a sense of calmness.
Engaging in physical activities with dogs also boosts mental health. Taking a dog for a walk or playing fetch in the park provides an opportunity for exercise and fresh air, both known to have positive effects on mental well-being. These activities not only help to distract the mind from negative thoughts but also promote a healthy routine and encourage regular exercise – a key component in managing mental health conditions.
Furthermore, dogs alleviate feelings of loneliness and social isolation that can often be overwhelming for men with mental health issues. The companionship offered by a dog is unwavering, and their constant presence can provide a sense of purpose and responsibility. This can be particularly beneficial for men who struggle with forming and maintaining relationships, as a dog’s presence can bridge the gap and offer a meaningful connection.
Additionally, owning a dog can encourage social interaction and foster new relationships. Dog owners often find themselves bonding with fellow dog enthusiasts during walks or at pet-related gatherings. This shared interest acts as a catalyst for forming friendships and participating in a supportive community where individuals can share their experiences and challenges.
Failures in Business: The Unseen Stepping Stones to Success
Equally significant is the need for businesses to remain vigilant about broader shifts in both domestic and global markets. Macro factors, whether they’re economic trends, geopolitical events, or emerging global challenges, can have profound ripple effects, impacting even the most niche industries. By staying abreast of these larger market dynamics, businesses can better anticipate risks, adapt to challenges, and capitalize on new opportunities. In an ever-globalizing world, the ability to navigate both the nuances of one’s immediate market and the broader global shifts is what separates thriving enterprises from those that falter.
TACTICAL Takeaway: Stay sharp and monitor your industry’s trends. When things shift, being ahead in understanding consumer habits offers you the flexibility to adjust and succeed. Things can change rapidly and the sooner you have insight into consumer behavior changes, the more opportunities you have to pivot.
Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
The sports nutrition industry is an interesting, fast-paced vertical where what’s old can quickly become new again but also what worked yesterday likely won’t work tomorrow.
It might seem counterintuitive, but it’s spot-on. Take creatine as an example. It hit the shelves in the early 1990s and quickly became a hit. Yet, a decade later, its demand had waned. Jump another decade to today, and it’s back more popular than ever.
TACTICAL Takeaway: The key for businesses is knowing when to go all-in on a product and when to ease off, as it’s the ever-changing consumer market that truly drives demand.
Never Rest On Your Laurels
Just because something “has always worked” doesn’t mean it’s going to continue to work (or continue to work as efficiently).
In the dynamic world of business, the saying “never rest on your laurels” holds more truth than ever. What propelled a company to success yesterday might not necessarily be the formula for its tomorrow’s success. Market demands, technological innovations, and consumer preferences are in a perpetual state of evolution. While a particular strategy or product might have been a game-changer at one point, there’s no guarantee that it will remain relevant or effective in the future. This inherent unpredictability underscores the need for adaptability and forward-thinking in any business endeavor.
This reality pushes companies to be proactive, always forecasting and adjusting to the next potential shift. Relying solely on past successes can lull businesses into complacency, risking obsolescence in the face of changing tides.
TACTICAL Takeaway: To remain competitive and relevant, businesses need to cultivate a culture of continuous learning, innovation, and agility. In essence, the past can inform and guide, but it’s the vision and readiness for the future that will determine enduring success.
Embracing The Journey
To any entrepreneur reading this: the road to success is rarely a straight one. At times, it may seem like every decision leads to a dead end. But remember, every misstep is an opportunity to learn, grow, and pivot.
The trials you face in business are not meant to discourage you. Instead, they are meant to shape you, refine your vision, and improve your strategy. As the age-old adage goes, “smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” It’s the challenges that will arm you with the experience and resilience necessary for long-term success.
So, the next time you face a setback, remember that your next big success could be just around the corner. Embrace failure as a part of the process, learn from your mistakes, and continue pushing forward with a renewed sense of purpose and determination.
Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy the journey. With so much time spent working and navigating challenges, it’s essential to find joy and have fun along the way.
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Title: Failures in Business: The Unseen Stepping Stones to Success
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Published Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2023 18:53:06 +0000
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Negativity Is a Losing Mindset
By Marc Lobliner
‘A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.’
I coach my son’s U11 football team. I am just the line coach, but the dudes who coach with me are also in the same mindset as I am.
Let’s start off with last weekend’s game.
It’s 0-0, the opening kickoff is a short one and we fall on it.
You can hear our coaches getting our kids fired up and getting the offense ready for play. POSITIVE statements. A lot of “Let’s Go!” and energy.
On the other sideline, you hear the coaches angrily yelling at their players for the execution of the kick.
First play from scrimmage, our line makes every block and opens the outside for our running back to score.
You hear their coaches furiously yelling as we celebrate.
We celebrated and our fullback punched in the extra point.
After the kickoff, our defense held them to four and out. We got the ball again, touchdown. Extra point good.
14-0 in two offensive plays.s
Their coaches were still mad. Angry. Yelling.
We smiled, encouraged our kids, and ended up with a 42-0 mercy-rule win.
Our players are awesome, but not the biggest, not the fastest, not the strongest.
It’s all about culture and what you’re playing for.
We demand a lot of our athletes. Learn your plays, DO YOUR JOB, and we will win.
Every Tuesday after we win, I buy my linemen doughnuts and give them to everyone, telling them that a random lineman (changes weekly) said everyone deserves doughnuts. We don’t punish every mistake with extra running and up-downs. We focus on what we do RIGHT, and not what we do wrong.
The other game one of my linemen got called for a hold. He came off the field expecting to be scolded. I put my arm around him and said, “What happened?” He explained it and then I said, “You’re better than that guy, you don’t need to hold. Show the world how dominant you are!” He didn’t get one call the rest of the game and crushed it.
This is also my management style at work. Managers are usually garbage. You can do 1,000 things right and you mess up once and your manager attacks you.
THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO MANAGE!
Employees typically respond better to positivity, and numerous studies have found that positive reinforcement and a positive work environment can significantly improve employee motivation, performance, and well-being. Here are some reasons why, supported by various studies:
Increased Productivity: According to a study conducted by the University of Warwick, happiness led to a 12% spike in productivity, while unhappy workers were 10% less productive. The research shows that human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity.
Better Decision-Making Abilities: Research from the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center found that individuals who were induced to feel positive emotions were better at problem-solving and making decisions than those in a neutral state.
Boosts Creativity: Positive emotions widen attention and allow people to think more broadly and openly. This is discussed in the “broaden-and-build theory” by Barbara Fredrickson, which suggests that positive emotions broaden an individual’s momentary thought-action repertoires.
Enhanced Team Collaboration: A study from MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory found that teams that communicate effectively, with members actively reaching out and connecting with all other team members, were more successful. Positive interactions contribute to this dynamic.
Reduced Employee Turnover: According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a positive work environment and culture encourages employees to stay longer in their jobs, thus reducing turnover rates. This is KEY at Tigerfitness.com where our staff has mostly been there for 5+ years!
Better Health & Well-being: A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that positive work environments and low job stress are linked to better health outcomes for employees, which in turn can lead to reduced absenteeism and increased productivity.
Increased Engagement: According to Gallup, workers who are engaged and have high well-being are more likely to be attached to their organizations and are more productive.
Enhanced Learning & Flexibility: Research in the field of positive psychology has shown that positive emotions can facilitate adaptive thinking and flexibility in cognitive processing. This helps employees adapt to new situations and learn more effectively.
Higher Levels of Satisfaction: A study by BrightHR found that happiness is a key indicator of job satisfaction. Happy employees are more likely to report high levels of satisfaction with their jobs than those who report low levels of happiness.
Creates a Positive Feedback Loop: A study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology found that experiencing positive emotions leads to higher levels of resilience, which in turn leads to increased positive emotions. This positive feedback loop has a myriad of beneficial effects in the workplace.
How about parenting?
Same thing. PRAISE YOUR CHILD! Make sure they know you love them. While bad behavior should be addressed, be sure to also reward good behavior. Kid had a good day at school? Get him ice cream! Tell him you love him. Say you’re proud of him.
As my mother said, “You catch more flies with honey than with crap.”
And one can’t deny the lifelong impact of a good coach. As the sign in the office says, “A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.”
Be positive and be a winner!
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