Brain and Behavior

7 Science-Backed Secrets to Being Happier at Work and in Your Career

Are you happy at work?

If someone asked you this question, what would first come to your mind? Maybe you’d evaluate your job satisfaction with the type of work you’re doing -- does it fit your skill set and challenge you? Others may equate career happiness to compensation or the prestige of a particular employer.

Studies show that people who are most satisfied at their job point to a wide range of features from friendly co-workers, a positive company culture, good pay, and high-quality management to fringe benefits like work-life balance and feeling valued in the workplace.
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Brain and Behavior

Our Creative Core and How to Access It

“People who can think creatively and flexibly frequently have the best outcomes,” according to Stanford brain researcher Allan Reiss. But thinking too much about how to be creative? Now that might just hold up the entire creative process.

In new research published in Scientific Reports, Reiss and his colleagues were surprised to find that our abilities to create are tied to the cerebellum. The region in the base of the brain also is responsible for movement, memory, and coordination.

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You’ve Got a Story to Tell

Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here. ~ Sue Monk Kidd
You’ve been through a lot in life: exceptional experiences, powerful passions, happy happenings, sorrowful situations.

On occasion, you’ve thought to yourself, “I should write about what’s happened to me.” You may not even be sure why. Would you be writing a memoir for yourself, for your kids, for kindred souls? Or should you consider writing a book for publication?
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Brain and Behavior

The Yes-And Rule and Confessions of a Wannabe Giver

Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full -- Luke 6:38

When I read Adam Grant’s book, Give and Take, I was impressed by the simplicity and novelty of the idea. He contends that there are three types of people, givers, takers, and matchers. The givers that do the best find ways of giving that are gracious and not depleting, yet they don’t worry about getting something back from the source they gave to. They give with the full belief that their giving comes back to them, almost in a karmic fashion, through other channels.

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Psychology Around the Net: June 13, 2015

Learn about the summer version of seasonal affective disorder, how creative people might carry genes for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the importance of proper nutrition regarding mental health, and more in this week's Psychology Around the Net.

Does Summer Make You Depressed? Although we often associate seasonal affective disorder (SAD) with the winter months, it actually affects some people during the summer months, with symptoms such as decreased appetites and insomnia.

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5 Foolproof Tips to Overcome Procrastination

If you’re like me, you have a growing to-do list filled with big ideas to accomplish. Yet day after day, life gets in the way and our passion project falls by the wayside.

We make excuses like “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “I’m not in the mindset right now”, waiting for the perfect moment of inspiration to suddenly strike. The funny thing is that “perfect moment” doesn’t actually exist.
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14 Powerful Questions to Find Happiness Workbook

What’s the first question exchanged when we meet someone new? You guessed it: “So… What do you do?”

In our culture, what you do for a living is inextricably tied to society’s perception of your worth. A stable job with a good salary is highly regarded, but we often look less lovingly upon the self-trained artist or entrepreneur who gives blood, sweat, and tears to make their vision possible.

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Use This Emotions Table to Describe Exactly How You Feel

Have you ever asked a significant other about how his or her day went and received a frustratingly vague "fine" in return as a response? This leaves you not only in the dark about the details of his or her day, but also stuck behind an emotional wall, struggling to get in.

The truth is, it’s difficult for many of us to communicate -- to truly, authentically share and articulate -- how we feel. Having been misunderstood in the past, it’s also no wonder why many of us struggle to feel comfortable sharing our feelings with others.
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Children and Teens

The Importance of Play

With a full-time job, errands and responsibilities I often overlook the importance of integrating play in my life. After all, play and play therapy is for children, right? But when I take even a few minutes a day to play in the sand, draw or dance, I don’t regret it.

Play allows for the abstract, another means to express our thoughts and feelings. Do all of our adult daily activities have to be goal-directed? Is there a value to integrating play into our adult lives?
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Anxiety and Panic

The Power of the One-Sentence Journal

Last year someone bought me a 5-year journal. I hadn't seen one of those since my great-grandfather passed away years ago. Back then I thought it was more of an agenda than a diary because there's just one or two lines for each day. One sentence -- surely it's not for people who like to write, right? But it is easy to keep it up. I mean, everyone has time for one sentence.

Melissa Dahl of Science of Us blog says the one-sentence journal was something her grandmother always did:

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