The Benefits of Harmonious Passion

A high level of harmonious passion predicts positive outcomes and high satisfaction in your career.7 Studies show that harmonious passion leads to higher performance in your daily functioning.8 For leaders, there is a significant positive correlation between harmonious passion and the expansion of emotional intelligence skills.9

There are numerous benefits associated with having a high level of harmonious passion:

? More high-quality emotional experiences increase your level of psychological well-being, which is characterized by self-acceptance, positive relationships, autonomy, purpose, a growth mind-set, and an ability to manage complex environments.10

? Better quality relationships develop with bosses, coworkers, and subordinates as well as with people outside of work as a result of more frequent smiles, openness to others’ ideas, sharing positive activities, and mindfulness of what’s happening in your environment.11

The Downside of Obsessive Passion

Obsessive passion, however, has been linked to emotional exhaustion and burnout over time.12 People who become obsessed with job performance are often able to maintain a high level of functioning at work for a time, but their personal life deteriorates because they devote insufficient time and attention to their work-life balance. Without the replenishing benefits derived from sources outside of the work environment, poor performance and burnout eventually prevail.13

Several studies of nurses have conclusively demonstrated the devastating effects of obsessive passion leading to psychological ill-being. Even controlling for the number of hours worked, researchers found that the conflicts created by perfectionistic thinking, ruminations, and controlling behaviors led to decreased life satisfaction and burnout. Conversely, the study established that harmonious passion protected nurses from the ill effects of burnout such as chronic fatigue, forgetfulness, loss of appetite, physical symptoms, insomnia, irritability, cynicism, detachment, anxiety, and depression.14

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