Have you ever walked into your office (or a shopping mall) and blinked because it was actually brighter in there than outside in the sunlight? That's due to an incredibly common problem called "over-illumination." That's basically any time artificial light is brighter than it needs to be to do a given task. And if your task is sitting at a computer all day, the chances are you don't need your surroundings to be brighter than your computer screen or, say, the surface of the sun.
Another lovely day at the office.
We assume you don't sit at home with your laptop under a police spotlight so why do you need to feel like that at work? The answer is you don't, and moreover the over-illumination is making you feel like shit.
If you come home from work most days with a headache it might not be due to the stench of microwave popcorn and the lite rock on the muzak. It might simply come down to the lighting. Almost all office buildings built before the mid-1990s are designed to be too bright, possibly because architects wanted to make sure people could really see the exquisite detail on your piano key necktie.
The use of florescent lights and/or over-illumination can cause health concerns including headache, fatigue, stress, anxiety, cardiovascular disease and, wait for it, erectile dysfunction.
That's right, not only could those annoying lights that eventually start blinking and buzzing yet maintenance never fucking changes them no matter how many times you ask give you a heart attack, but they could also affect your performance in bed. Which will in turn add to your stress level making it a vicious, deadly cycle.
Apparently this happens because our bodies are designed to respond to sunlight. Anything brighter than that our bodies don't really understand so for some reason they decide to react as if we're in total darkness. This in turn messes up our natural sleep cycle, leading to a myriad of health problems. All because of some stupid light bulbs.
Anyone who's ever attended a motivational meeting or team building exercise at work already knows they are pretty much bullshit. Instead of getting actual work done, you sit in a lifeless room listening to over-earnest speeches by whatever manager drew the short straw and playing ridiculous games, all in the name of positive thinking.
At the end of the day that's the real point of these sorry get-togethers: To think positive about your job, your co-workers, and yourself. No matter what life throws at you guys you can make it through as a team! Everything will come out fine, if you just work hard enough!
There's only one small problem: In the end, somebody trying to force you into positive thinking will actually make you more depressed, and depending on the temperament of the person it can actually make them more likely to commit suicide.
Mainly, because you can tell it's bullshit. Think about when you were a kid, when you would draw some scribbles and your Mom would declare it high art and stick it on the refrigerator. At some point in your life you noticed they were being too positive in their praise, and realized that all of their compliments up to that point were just patronizing garbage. That actually makes you feel worse than if they were just honest from the get-go.
And that continues through adulthood. They have done studies showing that fake positivity is worse for your mental health than genuine negativity.
It's not that it's better to mope around declaring that life sucks. Even if that were healthy, eventually your co-workers will beat the shit out of you. But when life experience tells you that things turn out badly lots of the time, it's really annoying when somebody tries to force you to be positive against your will. Annoying to the point that it may make you want to die.