Take this quiz, then read on:

The U.S. Department of Labor recently reported that the number one reason people leave an organization is:
A. The pay is not good enough.
B. Someone else got a promotion and not them.
C. They don't feel appreciated.
D. They want better benefits.

According to a recent Gallup Poll, what percentage of the American workforce received no praise or recognition in the last year?
A. 25%
B. 45%
C. 65%
D. 85%

According to the Gallup Corporation's research of five million employees worldwide, the frequency of praise and recognition in the workplace should be no less than:
A. One time per day
B. One time per week
C. One time per month
D. One time per quarter

Researchers have determined for healthy relationships the perfect ratio of positive comments to negative comments is:
A. 1 to 1
B. 3 to 1
C. 5 to 1
D. 10 to 1

Cigarette smoking has been shown to decrease life expectancy by 5.5 years, but a 2000 Mayo Clinic study showed that positive emotion can increase life expectancy by:
A. 4 years
B. 6 years
C. 8 years
C. 10 years
So how did you do on the quiz? Leave your results in the comment section below. Don't worry, there is NO shame!

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