Researchers examined call center employees, but the lessons, I think, could easily apply to students (or just about anyone). It basically found that if you started the day in a positive mood, then you were likely to continue that way. And it found the opposite to be the case, tool. Here’s what one of the study’s authors said:
The results showed that when employees started the day in a good mood, they tended to rate customers more positively through the day. They also tended to feel more positively themselves as the day progressed.
“Starting off at work wearing rose-colored glasses — or gray glasses — shapes the way we perceive events the rest of the day,” Wilk said.
Sharing this info might be particularly important in middle and high schools. Wouldn’t it be nice if all first period period teachers kept this (and the Golden Rule — “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”) in mind and did everything they could to help students start off the day positive? It might not only have a huge impact on our students, but also make the day so much easier for colleagues.
Of course, it would be even nicer if we teachers were able to continue to have the same attitude all day…