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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Power of Modeling Positive Behavior in the Workplace


Gestures and words —the little “please,” “thank you,” or the open body language and appreciative nod—could be your secret sauce to becoming the Next Big Thing in the workplace! Read on for some brief information on the impact of positive behavior, or as Dave Cornell (PhD) and Chris Drew (PhD) call it, the magical potion of positivity!

The Science Behind Positive Behavior

a woman is holding a flower in her handThere’s a saying that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. And while I don’t suggest trying this experiment in your office kitchen (health and safety might have a few words to say about that), this proverb applies perfectly to human behavior. Dr. Dave Cornell, a renowned psychologist, suggests that positive verbal and nonverbal behaviors are honey that attract productivity, creativity, and success in the workplace.

But how does it work? The science behind this is rooted in our very biology. As humans, we’re wired to respond favorably to positive stimuli. When we engage in or receive positive interactions, our brains release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes us feel good. This “feel-good” sensation boosts our motivation, aids learning, and strengthens memory, ultimately making us more productive and engaged at work.

Moreover, according to Dr. Chris Drew, an expert in organizational psychology, positive behaviors also have significant impacts on our psychological health. Regular exposure to positive verbal and nonverbal communication can reduce stress levels, improve self-esteem, and enhance overall mental well-being.

Team Dynamics and the Impact of Positive Behavior

a group of people standing around each other holding handsNow, let’s put a magnifying glass over team dynamics. According to both Cornell and Drew, positive behavior is the secret ingredient that can transform a group of individuals into a high-performing team.

Positive behaviors like words of encouragement, respect, and recognition of others’ efforts foster an environment of trust and cooperation. This kind of environment empowers team members to share ideas openly, take calculated risks, and collaborate more effectively. Moreover, such a supportive atmosphere reduces conflicts and enhances team morale.

In other words, a dash of positivity in the workplace can turn “I” into “We,” creating a synergistic effect that improves overall team performance.

Positivity’s Impact on Individual Health

an older man and young woman using a laptop computerBut the benefits don’t stop there. Dr. Drew, in his research, has highlighted the effects of positivity on individual physical health. Regular positive interactions can reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure, and even improve immunity.

Sound too good to be true? Well, science has consistently demonstrated the mind-body connection. Positive thoughts and interactions lead to a reduction in harmful stress hormones like cortisol, promoting healthier bodily functions.

Join the Positivity Revolution!

In a nutshell, practicing positive behaviors is like going to the gym—but for your mind. It builds the muscle of positivity that aids in personal growth, improved team dynamics, and better health.

a group of people standing next to each otherSo, are you ready to become a positivity powerhouse? If yes, then it’s time to step up your game and start modeling positive behaviors in your workplace. But if you’re still not sure where to start or how to go about it, fret not!

Reach out to Christiana Frank Consulting. Our team is dedicated to guiding you through the fascinating landscape of positive behavior, helping you harness the power of positivity for both personal and professional growth. Let’s make positivity the new norm!

Christiana Frank
Consultant / Trainer / Program Developer / Speaker- International.

As an accomplished educator, curriculum developer, and mentor since 1999, Christiana Frank possesses a deep-rooted passion for guiding teams and individuals towards heightened mindfulness, capacity, and intentionality. She boasts an impressive portfolio of certifications spanning various fields, including but not limited to mindfulness and trauma-informed approaches, Applied Improvisation, and HeartMath.

In addition to her expertise, Christiana offers a wide range of services tailored to meet her clients’ needs. These include leadership coaching, organizational consulting, bespoke leadership training, mentoring, and development services. She is deeply committed to integrating her profound knowledge within her clients’ existing methodologies and frameworks, fostering more robust, healthier systems that consistently yield desired outcomes.

Interested parties are invited to reach out for a complimentary consultation or to engage Christiana and her dedicated team. To get started, please email .

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