Pursue your passion? Depends on your culture
A common adage urges people to follow their passion when choosing a career. However, not everyone is equally receptive to this advice. Does culture shape people’s beliefs and attitudes toward passion when making career decisions?
A quick morning reflection could make you a better leader-even if you're not the boss!
Study participants who took a few moments each morning to reflect on who they wanted to be as a leader were more likely to report helping co-workers and providing strategic vision than on days they didn’t do the morning reflection. They also felt more leaderlike on those days, perceiving more power and influence in the office. The effects also extended to aspiring leaders.
Romantic partners influence each other's goals
When one person within a couple avoids distress and conflicts, the other tries to do the same. And conversely, when one person seeks personal growth and meaningful experiences, the other wants to achieve them too.
Is your job killing you? Stress, lack of autonomy, ability can lead to depression, death
Job control (autonomy) and cognitive ability act as resources that help people cope with work stressors.
Want a new you? It may not be easy to do alone
Contrary to the once-popular idea that people’s personalities are more or less set in stone, research has proven that personalities do change throughout the lifespan, often in line with major life events.
Faking emotions at work does more harm than good
The adage “Fake it until you make it” –the idea that someone can fake a positive attitude to elicit real-life benefits—often backfires when used with co-workers, according to a new study.
Groups work better when stakes are gradually increased
A gradual approach to increasing the stakes of group coordination projects can improve overall team performance, according to a new research paper.
Action-oriented goals produce higher probability of purchases
People are more likely to enact behaviors—whether it's redeeming a coupon or following through on receiving a flu shot—immediately after moving than after sitting, according to the research.
Why modest goals are so appealing.
Apparently achieving a small incremental goal is perceived as easier—and more satisfying—than maintaining the status quo. This surprising finding, contrasts with the popular belief that no change is easier than any change.
Making happiness last longer
For most people, the sense of happiness derived from a luxurious vacation, a good movie or a tasty dinner at a restaurant may seem short-lived, but what if it were possible to extend these feelings of enjoyment?
Giving up on your goal? Read this first.
So, you’ve set a goal to eat healthier and you’ve mapped out a plan of attack. You’ll replace those chips with fruit for your late-night snack. You’ll switch to whole-grain bread. You’ll start buying fresh vegetables. But then you walk into the grocery store, and the fresh vegetables you wanted to buy for your weekly meal plan are unavailable for the third week in a row. Cue the action crisis.
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