Friday, May 1, 2009

How to feel happier at work ... instantly

What’s one way to start feeling happier at work almost instantly?

Play an online game. But, not just any game.

The Matrix brainteaser at is an award-winning program developed by a McGill University psychology researcher that has been proven to improve your mood.

The game, which asks you to find smiling faces in a sea of frowning ones, has been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, making you feel happier. It’s free to play for an hour, but after that you’ll have to pay a one-time $20 fee for unlimited games.

Research suggests that playing video games at work may help employees reduce stress and increase productivity.

“More than 80 percent of online gamers who play on and off throughout the workday said they are able to better focus on work after playing. A reported 72 percent actually rely on game breaks to help them deal with job-related stress,” according to a WorldWinner survey released last year.

MindHabits offers three other games on their site, all aimed at reducing stress and improving self-confidence. Take a break and improve your mood by testing your gaming skills on the Matrix.

1 comment:

SmartEngineer said...

Nice article.Its something that is really useful during work to improve overall productivity.The fact that this was the result of thorough research is interesting.

Thanks for sharing.

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