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The Power of Positive Energy in the Workplace

Teresa Spence, DAADOM with text, "Real-world insights from AADOM authors"

Positive energy involves more than merely thinking happy thoughts.

It’s the anticipation of good and the belief that all things, situations, obstacles, and difficulties will work out favorably in the end.

Why is positive energy important in the workplace?

It improves the overall environment and helps give direction on how the team will work, communicate, and perform collectively.

Every day, as dental office managers, you have the option to choose to be positive or negative.

It’s your responsibility to choose what will be best for yourself, your team, and the overall success.

As I have learned by reading the QBQ Book by John Miller, there is an “I” in “team”, and it’s up to me to decide what I’ll bring to the office that day.

If I arrive and decide to choose the negative energy, I’m only hurting the overall success of myself and my team.

Negative energy can ripple through your team in a split second, from first thing in the morning. It can play a major role throughout the day or week.

For me, I choose the positive approach each morning, no matter what I have going on in or out of the dental office that day.

It’s not always easy.

You can enter the office and greet someone with, “Good morning, how are you?”

And their response can be positive or negative; you must be aware not to pick up that negative vibe if that’s how they choose to respond.

Be intentional about how you respond or carry on that way.

Ask yourselves what you can do each day to give off positive energy.

Keep reading to find out the few tips on making your dental practice stronger and more positive until it becomes so natural that you don’t even have to think about it.


It’s good for your health in so many ways.

Smiling can:

  • Reduce stress
  • Help heart health
  • Boost your immune system by decreasing cortisol in the body

Studies have shown that a simple smile, genuine or even forced, prompts the brain to produce endorphins and serotonin, causing positive emotions.

Smiling is contagious, and it happens to be one of my favorite things to do!

Implement greetings

When you arrive at the office, how are you greeted?

I encourage you for one week to say, “Good morning” to everyone see.

This will be a game-changer for you but imagine what it’ll do for your team.

You’ll have filled your morning with so much positivity that you will be smiling all day long.

Saying “Good morning” forces us to start our day in an energizing and positive way.

Have a positive attitude

You must be intentional about what vibe or message you are sending when it comes to your overall attitude.

Your attitude shapes your success and happiness.

It can be seen throughout the day by your team.

The power of positive energy leads to overall success, increased teamwork, and the opportunity for you and your dental team to strive for excellence.

I highly recommend the book “The Power of a Positive Team” by Jon Gordon to read together with your team.

But most importantly:

I encourage you to be intentional when it comes to choosing positivity in your professional and personal life.

The smile you share is contagious, and the way you greet others will allow your attitude to impact the ones around you each day.

Stay positive!

Meet the Author

Teresa Spence in black top and pearl necklaceTeresa has worked in dentistry for over 30 years, and it continues to be her “lifelong passion.” She currently works in a 4-dentist and 9-hygienist office in Amelia Island, Florida. After her first experience at an AADOM conference in 2011, she helped to develop what is now the AADOM Northeast Florida Chapter… This text opens a new tab to the chapter’s website….

Teresa earned her AADOM Fellowship, (FAADOM) in 2012 and her AADOM Mastership, (MAADOM) in 2020. In September of 2021 Teresa was inducted into the first class of AADOM Diplomates, (DAADOM).

She has twice received the AADOM Office Manager of Distinction award prior to being named the 2021 Practice Administrator of the Year.



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