3 Powerful Ways Money Actually CAN Buy Happiness

Don't hold back, shop 'til you drop... as long as you spend that cash the "right" way.

When you need a little lift, do you like to go shopping?

Oh wait … or do you feel guilty shopping because it's bad, consumerism is wasteful, others aren't as fortunate as you, blah blah blah, and other reasons from a never ending list?

Well, here’s some news for you: Money can buy happiness!

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Brain and Behavior

4 Ways to Deal with Job Search Rejection

The resume that goes off into the online application ether.

The call for a second interview that never comes.

The rejection letter from your dream job that hits you like a ton of bricks.

No matter what stage you are at in the job search process, it’s likely that rejection has reared its ugly head in your direction. Being turned down for a role you really want is never fun, and it sure can tank your confidence.
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How to Stop Sabotaging Your Business Success

As a business owner, you’ve chosen to carve your own path and be the one responsible for your success. But do you ever wish that sometimes you could just get out of your own way?

What you might not realize is that specific, unconscious behaviors may be stalling you and holding you back.

Here are four bad habits to ditch to stop sabotaging your entrepreneurial success and tips for demolishing inertia:

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Disability, Work, and Recovery

I’ve established myself as an advocate of getting people off of long-term disability. Too many people with mental illness are discouraged from living at their most productive. Disability condemns them to living within a system that doles out subsistence pay and prohibits the risk and reward of work. There are many incentives to stay on assistance, and many stigmas and barriers to stepping out and being fully responsible for one’s present and future. I believe work is beneficial and healing, and everyone who can work should find the opportunity.
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Brain and Behavior

How to Stop Self-Criticism and Constructively Work on Your Weaknesses

We’ve all had it: that sinking feeling when you just know you’ve bombed at a meeting or presentation.

It stinks -- and, frankly, it hurts our ego. We all want to be good -- scratch that -- great at our jobs, so a misstep can leave us feeling vulnerable. In our heads, we start launching harsh internal criticisms, ruminating on our incompetence or how we’re otherwise not up to snuff at the workplace. Cue pity party!

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One Marriage, Two Personalities

I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
~ Rita Rudner
Many married couples take for granted the loving ties (kids, home, extended family) that bind them together. Yet, peek behind the curtain and you may discover two personalities perpetually perplexed by one another. Indeed, a quick take on how healthy a marriage is might be to compute how often each side is thinking, “What’s up with you?” or “I just don’t understand how you could…”
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Why Seeing a Therapist Makes You Strong, Not Weak

When a potential client calls psychologist Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D, the first thing she does is congratulate them. "I say, 'good for you. You did something great for yourself and those around you.'"

That’s because seeking professional help takes strength. But we rarely see it this way. We feel overwhelmed or burnt out. We feel vulnerable, exposed -- a gaping wound. We beat ourselves up, believing we should be able to solve our own problems. We should be able to tough it out. And we berate ourselves endlessly because we can’t. What’s wrong with me?!?!

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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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5 Books to Help You Deal with Work Drama

If you’ve ever found yourself in the middle of office drama, you know a toxic work environment and company politics can be instant energy drainers.

Perhaps the tension in your workplace takes the form of a gossip-mongering co-worker, a bullying boss who flies into a rage when you’re two minutes late to a meeting, or a conniving colleague who’s all about power plays and office politics.
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Marriage and Money

Money management is one of the most common challenges in a marriage. When I am asked to consult or assist with money problems in relationships, it’s often because one of the partners is overspending, or not producing enough, or not sharing enough where there is perceived fair exchange. So I have the following advice to couples who are about to get married.

When Both Partners Have Equal Incomes

When two people have equal incomes, and they get married, there’s generally a mutual economic respect. It's usually wise to set up three financial accounts: his, hers, and a joint account. The couple needs to negotiate and agree on whether the third account will be used to pay all the bills, save for mutually agreed future goals, or whether each partner is going to pay the bills from his or her own account.

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Why Your Job Is Not Your Friend

Are you in an abusive relationship with your job?

Do you give it all the energy you have, only to feel drained after? Do you put your job before your sleep, your health, or interacting with friends? Do you feel like you owe it to your job to sacrifice everything? Do you stay up all night, obsessing about how you can make things right in the morning?

America is a culture that seems to pride itself on how hard it can work. We log 60 hours a week, scoff at sick days, and eat lunch at our desks. We think this is how it’s supposed to be. But the truth is -- it’s not.
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