A recent article in New Scientist purports the significance of the mood of your peers (friends, coworkers, etc) on your own mood — and conversely the effect your mood has on others.
While this may seem to be categorized in the “Obviously” file of scientific discoveries, this article, How your friend can affect your mood, is insightful, intriguing, and (hopefully) stimulating. It is a positive reminder of the importance of the how in day to day communication.
While it may be self-evident that your boss’s bad mood affects your own wellbeing, the level at which such truths are laid out in this article are startling. It would behoove you and the world to remember that our world view and disposition will alter those around us. Moreover, it is important to remember when thinking of with whom you will surround yourself. Bob may be hard working, but will his constant petulance stop everyone else on your team from working hard? Sam may be a bit of a procrastinator, but can his cheeriness and consistently positive outlook sway that on-the-fence client?
I try and state again and again in this blog the role that communication and rhetoric play in the success of our lives. Now I’ve got the science to back it up.