The Losada ratio predicts up to 90% accuracy where a marriage and business is heading simply by tracking the amount of positive to negative statements made within the relationship.
Researchers Dr John Gottman and his team who were behind this project found that a ratio of 5:1 positive to negative comments in a marriage is provides buoyancy for the marriage and that it is less likely to end up in a divorce. However, if the ratio was 1:3 positive to negative comments/words in a marriage, it was an indication of an impending divorce. This was also applied to business teams and the researchers found that the same ratio held true – teams that had 5:1 positive to negative ratios spoken over their lives were more likely to earn more money.
What are the implications of these results then? Well, they have come to prove the oft-repeated truth that ‘life and death lie in the power of the tongue’ (Proverbs 18:21). In other words, we have to be mindful what we speak and how we speak. Our minds have to be renewed to engage in positive reinforcement. Even in times of disciplining and correction, positive engagement is not only a “good sandwich effect”, it is a necessity to help nurture growth.
Take this quick test at this site to see what your ratio is: http://happierhuman.com/positivity-ratio/
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