The SKATTLE team have been having a lot of conversations recently around the relationship between productivity and happiness. There are bounds of studies and research into how these factors can have a positive effect on one’s work lifestyle. It has had the team wondering; do these factors interact in the family life, too?
Many studies argue the point that happiness makes us more productive. One study from the UK reported that when workers reported low levels of happiness or negative events occurring in their lives, they were less productive in the workplace than those who were not.
While there may be some truth in this research, the SKATTLE team wonder if this effect is interactional, rather than a linear effect. What if being productive makes us happier, just as being happier makes us more productive?
This makes us curious about the effect that taking action has on one’s sense of happiness. That perhaps, the mere act of making steps towards our values improves our mood, and in turn makes us more motivated in this direction? One of our counsellors, Adrian, likes to call this the ‘snowball effect’.
So how can we make the snowball effect happen in our homes? Perhaps we should consider our values, the things that are important to us, and how we can work productively as a family unit towards these shared goals. Perhaps we want to reduce The Anger in our homes, so take action to swap harsh language with compliments. Or when we want to have more fun together, we work together to prioritise a family fun day.
Are there more actions that your family could take towards starting the ‘snowball effect’? We’d love to hear about your ideas!