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Watch out for MONDAYS – Happiness at work

26 Mar 2015

Heart Attack MondaysCan Happiness at your job affect your health? Watch out for Mondays.

Dr. Stephen Sinatra answered the question, “Why do more heart attacks and sudden deaths occur on Monday than on any other day of the week?”

“According to researchers, an ‘outpouring’ of stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, occurs within working people on Mondays. These findings were substantiated in a study of 683 patients, predominantly middle-aged men with implanted defibrillators and a history of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias…

“What I find provocative about the study is that its participants showed a prominent peak in arrhythmias on Mondays — 21 percent of episodes — even if they were no longer working! That was followed by a mid-week decline in arrhythmias and a second peak on Fridays. Not surprisingly, Saturdays and Sundays saw a 50 percent lower arrhythmia rate than did Mondays.”

People generally have fun and enjoy their weekends; then comes Monday, and they dread going to work. They start thinking about the job that they hate, the boss they can’t stand, the company’s ethical values they don’t agree with. This is very stressful.

In order to avoid this stress, you may consider finding a job you enjoy doing, changing the responsibilities and tasks in your current position or changing your culture at work.

That’s not an easy thing to do; however, there are tools and professional coaches out there who can help.

Harrison Assessments offer some effective tools that can assist you in your efforts to improve. A simple 30 minute online questionnaire can guide you in your efforts. We have professional leadership and developmental coaches trained to brief you on the results and help you and your organization improve.



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