We spend most of our waking hours with our co-workers during the week. Throughout this time spent together, we develop friendships with people and get comfortable sharing our lives with them. It can come as no surprise to anyone that your lifestyle can have an influence over the people you’re spending most of your time with during the day. We have all experienced how negative people can have an impact on our lives. However, the following will discuss how your happy and healthy lifestyle can have a positive effect on the people you work with on a daily basis.
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1. Enthusiasm is contagious
Your co-workers see you almost every day, and when people see someone else enjoying themselves, their happiness is contagious. If you can’t help but beam with pride over a new healthy recipe you made or your latest personal best time on the track, it can inspire them to create their own diet and exercise plan.
It has been proven that social influence has a positive correlation with exercise and diet. If you are open and positive about your lifestyle, it is naturally encouraging to others around you, and it will make them want to participate in similar activities.
2. Your results are their motivation
If you started a new diet and exercise plan, and have lost weight, chances are that you are not the only one who has noticed. Whether the people around you have complimented you on your efforts or not, there is no way it could be ignored. The odds are that they are more likely looking at you as their inspiration to find their way to achieving the same results.
People love a success story, and if they see that a diet or exercise program works for a friend or family member, they are more likely to try it themselves.
3. The power of suggestion
Most people have a routine that they go through day after day. If you are someone that has been leading a healthy lifestyle for a long time or just starting out, know that your recommendations or suggestions have an influence over those around you.
When you suggest a new healthy restaurant for lunch or ask people to engage in light physical activity with you during your lunch hour, you are inviting them to break away from their ho-hum routine and try something new.
4. Breaking the norms
If you work in an environment where health is not emphasized, you could be showing your co-workers a different kind of normal. Seeing your energy and enthusiasm grow as you become more established in your healthy lifestyle can be an eye-opener for those around you.
Some may never have thought that hitting the gym after work or experimenting with vegetarian, or vegan, cooking were normal activities, because no one else around them participated in those types of activities.
Just by being yourself and loving the life that you have chosen can inspire people to break away from what they had long since considered normal.
5. You radiate confidence and wellness
People are predisposed to look for, and follow, people who are confident and healthy. When you engage in a healthy lifestyle, you will have a natural boost in self-confidence. This increased confidence will show through in your everyday life, your co-workers will see it, and it will influence them to follow you by example.
Whether you are aware of your influence or not, every day you have an impact on the lives of those around you. If you strive to live a life that makes you happy and healthy every day, people will see that in you and want to have it for themselves.