A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found people with higher levels of cynicism earn less money than those with positive attitudes. This could be linked to an unwillingness to collaborate, trust others or cooperate in the workplace, the study suggests.
If you think you might have a cynical edge, Forbes contributor Amy Morin offers a few ways you can reduce your cynicism:
- Look to the past. Cynicism sometimes comes from past problems that haven’t been solved. Take steps to heal past hurts to start fresh.
- Don’t victimize yourself. Stop blaming other people for holding you back in life. Once you take charge, you can start to empower yourself.
- Be grateful. Try acknowledging things in your life that you should be grateful for. Start your day by recognizing one that deserves gratitude. This helps keep you more positive.
— Adapted from “Want To Earn More Money? Study Says Your Attitude Affects Your Income,” Amy Morin, Forbes.