A study, published in early 2010 in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology
, reports that people experience better moods, greater vitality, and fewer aches and pains from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. It’s called "the weekend effect. ‘’
This effect is mostly associated with the freedom people have to choose their activities and the opportunities they have to spend time with their loved ones. That’s in contrast with the nearly total lack of freedom people have in most jobs and the considerable lack of opportunity to spend time with others they really enjoy.
Here’s the secret: This finding is the secret to helping people at work enjoy their jobs more. The clue is in what’s called the self-determination theory. In contrast to work time, on the weekends most people can self-determine their activities and their associations.
Pretty obvious, then, that the researchers conclude: “To the extent that daily life, including work, affords a sense of autonomy, relatedness, and competence, well-being may be higher and more stable, rather than regularly rising and falling.”
Guest blog post by Jim Collison of www.suggestionprogram.biz
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