A swing is a simple way to improve mood in the workplace. Swinging stimulates our body's system that regulates the sense of balance and coordination. photo courtesy @tangojuliette

Mood In the Workplace


Designers are slowly emerging with incredibly functional and stylish swings. A swing is a simple way to improve mood in the workplace. Swinging stimulates the vestibular system, the sensory system that contributes to balance and spatial orientation for overall coordination. This body system was found to modulate our 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 is a great alternative for those who long to quit coffee or simply need to excite themselves to gain motivation. Somewhere it got lost in interpretation that swinging is a children’s form of play.  Parents jump on a swing with their kids – why not for adult play?

What are your thoughts on adults that meet up at the playground for a date or social play? 

If you work near a playground, take a recess to get through work and jump on a swing when times get tough.  Mood states when spinning demonstrated a lack in increased heart rate, confirming an absence of negative emotions (Winter, Walmer, Laurens, Straumann, Krueger, 2013). This research also supports the vestibular system’s substantial effect on our mental state.

Invest in disease and stress prevention by inspiring your peer’s mood in the workplace via a swing. Hang it from the beams in your office or the lunch room. It may become the best resource to generate teamwork, creativity…healthy communication.

GIG Design | Emotional Performance

CONTEXT

OCCUPATION

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.

SENSE

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