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Limiting Languishing

September 18, 2021
limiting languishing

Languishing is getting special attention these days.

As organizational psychologist Adam Grant describes it, languishing isn't as strong as being depressed or burned out - but is strong enough to make us feel like we’re just muddling along, looking through a foggy windshield.

Languishing isn’t a new concept; decades of research have shown that it can disrupt focus and diminish motivation. In fact, we've learned practices for preventing or limiting languishing.

First, we know what doesn’t usually work: simply putting on a happy face.

Pressuring ourselves and others to always look at the bright side can feel dismissive or annoying, as well as veer into a form of toxic positivity.


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