When you listen to your inner voice, is it mean to you? If so, you're not alone. Many people go through their days hearing an internal litany of self-criticism. The problem, of course, is that it's hard to get anything positive done at work while you're tuned into negativity.
Have you ever become so absorbed in your work, it was as if the rest of the world disappeared? If so, you have some experience with flow, a mental state often described by positive psychologists as total immersion in an activity. Also known as "being in the zone," achieving flow is obviously a highly desirable goal for any worker. Who wouldn't want to be happier at work, and also more productive?
Creative geniuses seem to go hand-in-hand with tortured souls, but one ad agency is trying to change the way their creatives work and think with the help of "positive psychology." Havas Worldwide London is working with professor and psychologist Neil Frude, who runs a company called The Happiness Consultancy, to train its employees to become happier as a means of boosting creativity.