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The Whole Human

Why boredom is so powerful in your life

Boredom is not lack of stimulation. Ironically, the more distractions and external stimuli we pursue, the more bored we get. Boredom is a clean slate. Being bored is escapism — it’s a mental state that we choose to avoid self-reflection.

Office Life

Should you accept a promotion without a raise?

Here’s what you can do if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of earning a promotion you want to accept — without a bump in compensation.

Work-Life Balance

Forget early retirement – people who saved enough say a ‘mini retirement’ is just as rewarding

Early retirement isn't always feasible for some people. Instead of an early retirement or end-of-career retirement, they opt for a mini-retirement, a series of meaningful respites away from their job.

Today's Top Stories June 20, 2018

News

These are the 10 places in the U.S. where people live the longest

Though plastic surgery, exercise, staying out of the sun and eating certain foods, can help us fend off the appearance of aging for as long as possible, eventually it will come for us. Unless we find some kind of Benjamin Button type machine or make a deal with a witch like Jane Fonda clearly did, we are out of luck.

Mental Health

Wake up, sleepy heads! Morning people lower their risk of depression

Before you hit the snooze button again, read this: there's increasing evidence that morning birds get ahead of night owls. If you wake up earlier, you might be happier, weigh less, and you may even be more likely to sleep better. And now we know that being a morning person could even help you feel less depressed.

News

The Kate Spade brand is making mental health a major priority for its employees

In the wake of the death of founder Kate Spade, her namesake company has pledged to donate $1 million to mental health awareness and suicide prevention causes.

Office Culture

Overconfident CEOs increase commitment of employees and stakeholders

Confidence is infectious. A new study on CEO overconfidence found that employees and stakeholders begin to internalize the CEO's commitment to the company as their own.

Office Life

3 ways to keep rejection from bringing you down at work

Whether your manager didn't like your idea in a big meeting, or you didn't get another position you applied for, dealing with rejection at work can be exceedingly difficult. Here's how to get better at it.

How To

5 tips for when you dread a difficult conversation with an employee

Remind them, it's not personal.

Work-Life Balance

There’s an upside to feeling busy all the time

Sometimes, being overwhelmingly busy sucks. It makes you feel all sorts of frantic, it sends your anxiety levels skyrocketing and it can leave you more likely to make a careless mistake. These kinds of reactions are typical when your laundry list is putting you under major time pressure, evoking a bunch of emotional reactions rather than productive ones.

Communication

Bring the power of progress into your one-to-one meetings

As a leader, it’s up to you to help connect the dots between team members’ wins and the value their work provides to your company and customers. In the process, not only will your team members experience satisfaction, their output will improve as well. And that’s progress everyone can feel good about.

Job Search

How to keep your sanity in the job search game

Flip the script. You haven’t found the right fit yet, but don’t give up. Here are a few additional ways to keep your mind sane and your spirits up while between jobs.

The Whole Human

‘I don’t feel pretty’ … Why aren’t positivity movements working?

Many young girls and women today are prone to having strong bouts of insecurity about their looks and how they are perceived by others. They’re also strongly inclined to deriving a dominant part of their identity and self-worth from their physical appearance.

Office Life

Is ‘no’ really the worst answer you can get?

A part of being self-aware on the job is not being afraid to ask for what you want, setting boundaries, and teaching people how to treat you. This includes your boss.

Office Life

3 crucial skills for leading without authority

In contrast to control-minded leaders of the past, today’s most effective leaders are exercising a different kind of power. This new style of leadership is a blending of personal and interpersonal skills that form the basis of a leader’s ability to impact, influence, and inspire others. Here are three of those skills:

News

These are 13 of the most LGBTQ friendly tech companies

Blind, a workplace app for tech workers, used by 40,000 Microsoft employees, 25,000 from Amazon, 10,000 from Google, 7,000 from Uber, 6,000 from Facebook, and thousands from other tech companies, polled its users to see how LGBTQ-friendly their company is.

Office Life

4 ways to enjoy the first day of summer – even if you’re not on vacation

If your weather has been anything like ours in New York City lately, you know that summer is well on its way: In fact, the first day of summer is this week. As nice as it would be to have off that day, here's how to enjoy it — even if you're not relaxing at the beach on vacation somewhere.

News

Survey: The 10 most expensive American cities to get married in

And the most expensive American city to get married in is ... you guessed it: New York, according to the 2018 Newlywed Report by WeddingWire.

Office Life

How to handle a manager who doesn’t care if you sink or swim

Having a manager who doesn't seem to care how you perform or give you the resources to do well can be tricky, but certain strategies can help you cope at work.

Education

6 reasons that continuing education is a no-brainer

As soon as you graduate from high school or Uni, you undoubtedly feel accomplished. But you might also feel as though you’re finished with the educational system in general — you’ve got your diploma, and you’re ready to get to work. Here are six reasons you should keep going to class.

The Whole Human

Pride isn’t a vice – it’s a way to become your best self

"We all evolve to want to create those feelings [of pride], of figuring out who you want to be. Listen to those feelings and use them to try to figure out how to become the best person that you want to be."

Productivity

The art of goal achievement

What leads to goal achievement is a path, process, or a system. And for most of us, this part of the machine is the most difficult to maintain. It’s the one that takes the most time and effort.

Office Life

How to get along with all different kinds of people at work

No matter your personal backgrounds, you’re all on the same team in your professional lives and should want to see each other succeed.

Language

Use your grown-up voice! Ditch vocal fry, baby talk or bro-language

The thing is that whether you realize it or not, the way you speak might be alienating others in the workplace or your work orbit.

Office culture

Why you should reinforce values instead of rules

It turns out that values are far more effective than rules at eliciting the outcomes and behaviors that we want. I’ve observed that highly successful families, organizations and companies select and focus on a few values that are most important to them.

The Whole Human

Here’s the most dangerous proverb in the English language

Curiosity requires an admission of ignorance. Asking a question means that we don’t know the answer, and that’s an admission that few of us are willing to make. For fear of sounding “dumb,” we assume most questions are too basic to ask, so we don’t ask them.

The Whole Human

This 2-step, 10-minute exercise creates immediate self-awareness

Self-knowledge is important. But self-imagination is far more compelling and powerful. Actually, being highly imaginative is how you become self-aware.

Job search

Common cover letter mistakes new job seekers make

Like a resume, a cover letter is a single page that can make or break your chances of landing a job. In an effort to get hired fast, new job seekers might rush through the process of writing and submitting their application materials, and often make some common cover letter mistakes.

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Salary

Study finds that ‘very unattractive’ people make more money

A study from the Journal of Business and Psychology of 20,000 young Americans, interviewed the subjects at home at age 16 and then three more times before they turned 29-years-old. The researchers looked at the correlation between attractiveness and income of the participants based on a five-point scale of physical attractiveness from "very unattractive" to "very attractive." They found something very interesting when it came to looks and earnings...

coffee

This is the surprising benefit of going for that third cup of coffee

That first cup of coffee in the morning is absolutely needed to wake you up. The second cup of coffee a bit later keeps the momentum up. The third cup is when you start to feel a bit guilty and doubt your sense of self. But this new study will help get rid of that guilt.

wellness

Stanford professor: The workplace is literally killing us

No good employer is going to outright say that they kill you, but new research finds that too many modern workplaces are grim reapers inflicting a fatal amount of stress on our bodies and minds.

You must meet one-on-one with your new hire in the first week … or else