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Want to Stress People Out and Totally Dominate Them? Science Says This Facial Expression Holds Immense Power

There are three kinds of smiles, researchers say. This one has an unexpected effect.<p>Smile and the world smiles with you, they say.<p>But there's more than one kind of smile, and a new study suggests that nothing stresses people out like being smiled at the wrong way. In fact, it turns out there's …

Body Language

Science Says This Technique Can Help You Raise Calmer, More Resilient Kids

This 2-step tool can bring them out of chaos and into confidence. It works for grownups, too.<p>My eighth grader is back to the books after a week of pneumonia-induced absence. With each missed school day came another layer of overwhelm at the thought of making up all that work.<p>He'd finish a coughing …

Mindfulness

Google Spent Years Studying Effective Teams. This Single Quality Contributed Most to Their Success

What matters isn't so much who's on your team, but rather how the team works together.<p>The best companies are made up of great teams. You see, even a company full of A-players won't succeed if those individuals don't have the ability to work well together.<p>That's why not too long ago, Google set out …

Leadership

This 1 Rule Will Seriously Up Your Company's Innovation Game

A simple principle for managing scarce resources.<p>One of the things I always get asked about from the companies I work with is how to manage their innovation resources. Should they bet big on an unproven, but possibly breakthrough idea? Or focus on improving the products that they already know their …

Innovation

How To Make Long-Lasting Changes To Your Unconscious Habits

This startup is training employees at Starbucks and NASA to make long-term behavior changes.<p>There’s a popular saying in the military: “You never rise to the occasion, you only sink to your level of training.”<p>In other words, sustained success isn’t the result of something that’s done spontaneously …

University of Washington

These Are The Types Of Coworkers People Complain About Most In Therapy

And how to deal with each, according to therapists.<p>No one job title or occupation is the same, but the difficult coworkers you run into in any given field tend to be remarkably similar. Their eye roll-inducing behavior (gossiping, micromanaging) may not always be worthy of an HR report but it still …

Screw The Golden Rule: Managers, Do Not Treat Employees The Way You'd Like To Be Treated. Here's Why

Here's why the old adage "Treat others the way you want to be treated" doesn't work when managing a team.<p>"Treat others the way you'd like to be treated."<p>This is The Golden Rule we all learned growing up. As a manager or CEO in a company, you'd think it would make sense to follow it too. Managers …

Employment

Ask These 9 Questions Before Every Meeting To Avoid Wasting Time

A lot of meetings are pointless. But they don’t have to be.<p>Many activities suck up a lot of our time at work. And no activity feels more like a time suck than pointless meetings.<p>Of course, not all meetings are a waste of time. If done right, a meeting can solve problems or convey information …

meetings

Unless You're Doing These 5 Things, You're Not a Thought Leader in Your Industry

It has to be earned.<p>The term "thought leader" is one of the most misunderstood titles in business.<p>Tied for first is the term "influencer."<p>But the truth is, most people are neither.<p>They're not influential, and they aren't a Thought Leader.<p>And the reason is because they don't understand what game …

Leadership

Want to Live a More Fulfilling Life? This Is the 1 Coin You Should Always Carry

With the help of a little philosophy and a very cool coin, every day can be more productive--and rewarding.<p>Someday, you will die. How does reading that sentence make you feel?<p>Maybe you think it's incredibly depressing, that the thought makes life meaningless.<p>Or maybe you think it's incredibly …

Career Development

The purpose of life isn’t to be happy—it’s to be fulfilled

The term “happy” was traditionally synonymous with good fortune.<p>It found its way into the English language around the 14th century, and it wasn’t something that people actively pursued. It was thought that you either stumbled onto it or you didn’t. It wasn’t until the 17th century that the word …

Happiness

Umbrella Breathing Is a Magical, Stress-Reducing Exercise You Just Might Need

You have 368 unread emails, your kid has a cold and you’re late for your dentist appointment. The last thing you have time to think about is the way …

Energized

Why we love personality quizzes, even when we know they’re meaningless

When the 20th anniversary of <i>Harry Potter</i> rolled around at the end of June, the internet brimmed with Potter-related content galore. But one of the most popular observances of the anniversary was that old reliable: the Hogwarts sorting quiz, which reveals to all who take it which of the four houses …

Psychology

10 Simple Strategies to Control Your Anxiety

Any time you’re overcome with stress or anxiety, just follow these steps to stay calm, empower yourself, and regain control.<p>The ability to manage …

Emotional Intelligence

Traveler tips: How to beat jet lag

Flying around the world is one thing. Flying around the world and hitting the ground running is quite another.<p>For many travelers, jet lag is the bane …

Jet Lag

Inspiring Writing Prompts for Self-Care

<i>“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”</i> ― Audre Lorde<p>Writing is a way for me to …

Writing

This One Practice Helps Your Employees Become Happier & More Focused

Learn About the Benefits of Meditation in the Workplace<p>Everyone knows what it takes to crush it at work: non-stop hustle. Being ready to go at a moment's notice and taking care of business at 3 a.m. or 3 p.m. You'll rest when you're dead, right? You've got bigger problems to solve.<p>Google disagrees. …

Employment

5 Mind-Body Practices That Treat Your Telomeres Right

Kirtan Kriya, Qigong, and more.<p><b>Intent on making 2017 your Best Year Ever? We can help with that, thanks to our 2017 Coach of the Month series. Here, health psychologist Elissa Epel—who, along with Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn</b><i>,</i> <b>authored the just-released book</b> The …

How to Leverage the Brand-Building Power of Private Facebook Groups

Stay connected to your audience as your page's organic reach continues to decline.<p>Facebook has not been kind to brand pages in the past few years. In a survey of 3,000 publishers, SocialFlow found that organic reach dropped 42 percent in the first six months of 2016, partly due to algorithm changes …

Marketing

The New Science of Team Chemistry

Organizations aren’t getting the performance they need from their teams. That’s the message we hear from many of our clients, who wrestle with complex challenges ranging from strategic planning to change management. But often, the fault doesn’t lie with the team members, our research suggests. …

Leadership

Feedback Is Different For Men And Women Leaders, Here's Why

Did you know women are 32% less likely to receive any feedback from male superiors.<p>Have you ever been blindsided by feedback, or thrown off course because no one gave you feedback you needed?<p>Feedback is the ongoing formal and informal input you get from the sources all around you. It includes the …

Women Leaders

Are You a Good Boss? 5 Signs That Will Tell You

Are you a good boss. It's not always easy to tell<p>So you're the boss. Whether you are in charge of a small department or an entire company, you take your responsibility seriously. Things are going well, but you wonder if you're a good boss. It's not always easy to tell. It's not about whether all …

workimprovement

A Little Competition Could Improve Your HR, IT, and Legal Departments

I think we can all agree that corporate functions tend to be a locus of frustration for pretty much all employees — except, of course, the ones from the function that is the object of the frustration in question. If you have ever thought to yourself “Doesn’t legal understand that we are going to …

Management

Want to Be a Successful Leader? Make This a Top Priority (Most Don't Even Bother)

This will unleash motivation across your whole organization.<p>In my assessment of the healthiest work cultures, I've noticed a trend that can no longer be denied. Leaders in such organizations put the needs of others first, shine the spotlight on their employees, and through it all, the organizations …

Team Building

How Thinking Small Can Lead To Big Changes in Your Performance

Fixing bad habits is all about managing roadblocks in your mind. Chipping away at these often gives better results than a brute force attack.<p>Every entrepreneur I know has a few bad habits they intended to overcome a long time ago, such as micromanaging, or failure to get enough rest and relaxation. …

Small Business

8 Books Every Leader Needs to Read in 2017

Your Amazon wish list is about to get longer.<p>From recent bestsellers to old-school business parables, these are the best business books to read in 2017. What would you add to this list? Leave me a comment.<p>1. <i>Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both</i><p>by Adam Galinsky …

Leadership

3 Simple Ways to Make Yourself Happy Every Day, According to Neuroscience

No need to spend hours on meditation--just make these mental tweaks.<p>Do you want to be happier? That's a pretty silly question--who <i>doesn't</i> want more happiness? Fortunately, there are simple things we can all do to raise our happiness quotient that are actually supported by scientific research. And …

Happiness

How to Keep a Bad Mistake at Work From Ruining What Really Matters Most

This powerful and simple technique can save your you-know-what.<p>Susan Blackburn was feeling good about her life and her company. Blackburn Manufacturing (names changed) had turned the corner and this year promised to wash out the cumulative red ink and replace it with black.<p>But fate has a habit of …

Selling

The Dalai Lama Reveals the Ultimate Morning Ritual That Will Brighten Your Day

How do you usually start your day? If you’re like most of us, it involves hitting the alarm clock several times before struggling to get your body …

Your Breath is Your Brain’s Remote Control

We have all heard this simple saying during times of trouble: “Take a deep breath in.” Science being science, however, indicates that we may now have …