Feeling vigorous at work - Random

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Sridhar Ratnakumar

This is totally random, though mildly related to programming. I'm most productive when I'm feeling most vigorous. I wish more research is done on this aspect of the human psyche. https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1016/S1479-3555(03)03004-X/full/html

Sridhar Ratnakumar

Some related terms:

  • Vitality has been conceptualized as combining the subjective experience of being full of energy and of feeling alive or vital
  • Thriving. thriving at work [...] has been defined as a subjective experience that combines learning (i.e., greater understanding) and a sense of vitality (aliveness).
  • Resilience has been defined as the predisposition to maintain high levels of positive affect and well-being in the face of significant adversity

From https://sci-hub.tw/https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1037/a0021853

Первый в мире пиратский ресурс, который открыл массовый доступ к десяткам миллионов научных статей
Sridhar Ratnakumar

They also mention the relation to burnout, though I don't exactly understand the relation yet:

I argue that feeling burnout is adaptive when the potential for risk, pain, or loss of resources is high, whereas feeling vigor is adaptive when the potential for gain or resources is high. Therefore, vigor and burnout are expected to be obliquely related and do not represent two poles of the same dimension. For most individuals, job-related tasks carry with them, when successfully accomplished, some potential for gain, as well as some potential for loss if performance is inadequate. Demanding work situation are likely to evoke negative feelings such as burnout, but also present opportunities to experience positive emotions like vigor when accomplishing tasks and attaining objectives (For references, see Shirom, 2004). It follows that when assessed over days and weeks, burnout and vigor are likely to coexist.

Sridhar Ratnakumar

The proposed model for vigor (see 'personality factors'): pasted image

Sridhar Ratnakumar

Your peer group matters (but not company events):

Interactions with others. The strand of research on the ways people influence each other’s mood states, which includes the study of conceptually overlapping processes such as mood linkage, emotional contagion and emotional crossover and spillover, indicates that employees influence each other’s mood. This influence was found in the above studies to be independent of shared work events and circumstances but to be dependent on the extent to which employees interact with each other at work. Therefore, interpersonal processes which operate over a period of time at work may lead to employees’ moods becoming linked

Sridhar Ratnakumar

This seems to be the key factor:

during their high-quality interpersonal interactions, people exchange valued resources, such as empathic listening and attention, learn from one another, and reinforce one another’s self-efficacy and self-esteem

Sridhar Ratnakumar

Vigor at work can "spill over" in other areas of life; and this is arguably the best reason to ... enjoy work/ find one that is vigorous:

vigor may be experienced as an affective response to events and situations that individuals encounter outside of work. It is possible that vigor felt at work spills over to the family and other life domains and vice versa. These are open questions that need to be addressed in future research. Yet another area for future research relates to the phenomenon of crossover, describing a situation in which vigor, experienced in the workplace by the employee, leads to vigor being experienced at home by the employee’s spouse (Bakker & Xanthopoulou, 2009).

Sridhar Ratnakumar

Note the word 'affect' (and 'affective') refers to emotions and mood. So just thinking won't cut it. (This is why I'm no big fan of stoicism which is popular in programmer circles)