As Labor Day passes and the summer vacation season fades, the office life here at Theory House tends to reactivate and stress can follow shortly behind. But new research reported in today's Wall Street Journal uncovers a few remedies to let you head home feeling good. According to a study conducted by the University of Minnesota and others, before heading out for the night, take a few moments to savor the day's wins and detail why those things made you feel good. This is proven to lower blood pressure and reported symptoms of stress.
"Listing the good things that happened over the course of a day is valuable in its own right," says Theresa Glomb, a work and organizations professor at University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management and co-author of the report. "But the real impact comes from writing down why those things led to good feelings." That act highlights the resources and support a person has in their work life—such as skills, a good sense of humor, an encouraging family or a compassionate boss.