This week marks the official launch of my new book, #POSITIVITY AT WORK tweet, co-authored with the fabulous Lisa Zigarmi.

The book is a quick read, featuring 140 quotes (of 140 characters or less) that describe five elements of personal and workplace well-being.

These actionable statements help the reader take steps to improve their own well-being. Only when we enjoy high well-being personally can we proactively create better well-being for colleagues at work or home. Our focus in this book is on positivity in the workplace, though you’ll find fabulous opportunities to use these same actions to improve well-being with family and friends.

Well-Being Research

Our desire is that this book changes workplaces for the positive. Most workplaces are not as safe, not as inspiring, and not as collegial as they could be. Studies from the University of Pennsylvania to Gallup to USA Today have noted the remarkable effects that high well-being has in the workplace. People with high well-being:

  • Are 31% more productive than those with low well-being
  • Demonstrate 3 times the creativity
  • Are 10 times more engaged or passionate about work
  • Generate 37% greater sales
  • Are 3 times more satisfied with their careers.

Wouldn’t your business THRIVE with those positive impacts on performance, attitude, and proactive effort?

Five Elements of Well-Being

The #POSITIVITY AT WORK tweet book “ah-ha’s” and insights are organized around these five key elements of well-being:

  • Positive Emotion
    We demonstrate emotion in the workplace with nearly every breath. The ten positive emotions are joy, gratitude, amusement, hope, awe, interest, serenity, love, appreciation, and inspiration. Where these emotions are frequent & authentic, individual and collective well-being thrives.
  • Positive Relationships
    Humans are wired for social connection. Positive relationships are equitable, kind, loving, supportive, warm, and continuous. This element is the single most important source of well-being.
  • Meaning & Purpose
    This element is about the extent to which people perceive their job actions are important inside and outside their organization while creating lasting worth for self and others.
  • Positive Accomplishment
    This element highlights the vital benefit to personal and collective well-being of people developing mastery and leveraging those strengths in service to self, others, and your organization.
  • Positive Physical Health
    We are only able to live fulfilling, inspiring lives if our physical bodies fully support our reasons for living. This element is about more than the absence of sickness – it’s about the incredible benefit of wellness to body,  mind, and spirit.

To learn more, head over to Positivity Works, the “home on the web” for this positivity revolution Lisa and I are trying to inspire. There you’ll find links to a free excerpt from the book (plus you’ll be entered into our monthly contest for the entire ebook, free), a few sample tweets to whet your appetite, and links to buy the book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Powell’s Bookstore.

Let us know what you think about this “positivity revolution” in the comments section below.

S. Chris Edmonds

S. Chris Edmonds

Chris helps leaders create purposeful, positive, productive work cultures. He's a speaker, author, and executive consultant. He blogs, podcasts, and video casts. He is the author of The Culture Engine and six other books.
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  1. AvatarMark Deterding says


    You and Lisa really nailed it on this book! It gets exactly to the point on why my first question with any leader is always – “How is employee morale”? There is nothing more important in the workplace than how employees are feeling about their environment (safety), their relationships (peers & supervision), the importance of their work, their ability to use their minds, and the positive recognition they are receiving for the great work they are doing. Thank you so much for all of your efforts on this book to share these critically important points to workplace culture. Outstanding work!!