Designers are slowly emerging with incredibly functional and stylish swings. A swing is a simple way to improve mood in the workplace.

Swinging stimulates two body systems: vestibular and sensory. Each contributes to balance and spatial orientation for overall coordination. They also modulate mood states (Winter, Walmer, Laurens, Straumann, Krueger, 2013).

When a swing moves in circles, twists or moves outside of the typical back and forth path it becomes a mechanism to excite. This effective alternative may replace caffeine or ignite motivation.

Swinging got lost in interpretation as children’s form of play.  If you work near a playground then take a recess to get through work. Jump on a swing before stress heightens emotional tension. Mood states when spinning demonstrated a lack in increased heart rate, confirming an absence of negative emotions (Winter, Walmer, Laurens, Straumann, Krueger, 2013). It also ignites the vestibular system’s substantial effect on our mental state.

Invest in performance by swinging often. Hang one from the beams in the office or the lunch room. It may become the best resource for longevity with an employer, engaging teamwork, improving competitive advantage, and overall feel-goods all the way around.

GIG Design | Emotional Performance



DESIGN^body position | Work and play is how we are raised. Consider re-connecting those learned behaviors by connecting those two occupations by using a swing.


DESIGN^body position | Consider behavioral response effects when seeing swings in a built in environment – such as work or in this case a cafe.
Lotta Winter1†, M. Axel Wollmer2†, Jean Laurens3, Dominik Straumann3 and Tillmann H. C. Kruger1* Cox’s Chair Revisited: Can Spinning Alter Mood States? Front. Psychiatry, 15 October 2013

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