happiness

theatlantic: Less Time at the Office Doesn’t Make People Happier Work is making you miserable. Your boss is a mean little man with a clip-on tie and a rub-on tan and he’s got you running round the office like a dog around a track.  Your coworkers unironically say things like “hump day” and “working hard, or hardly working?” Read more. [Image: Ol.v!er [H2vPk]/flickr]

Making Someone Feel Important.   “You is kind, you is smart, you is important.” – Kathryn Stockett, The Help I love this line from, The Help. It’s so simple, and powerful. Did you know that feeling that we’re respected; in essence that we matter is the one quality we humans crave most in our interactions with others? We want to feel that we’re important. You know, when you think about it, making people feel that they’re important or that they have value is really such an easy thing to deliver

“As soon as you stop wanting something, you get it.” – Andy Warhol #thismuchIknow

Mentor Schmentor Have you ever felt during the course of your career that you were floundering a bit and thought, “Gosh, if I only had a mentor, someone to help me along, things would surely be different.” I know I have. And yet, I never fully understood the relationship between mentor and mentee.  It all seemed very loose to me and frankly it was hard for me to imagine that an ambitious, successful superior focused on his or her own career would have the bandwidth or interest to be a sounding

I for one needed this little reminder.  Getting exercise, listening to music, eating right, and building your relationships are just a few habits to help you ride the (inevitable) waves of work stress.

  Even just 7 minutes of exercise is a simple way to boost your happiness levels. The net net here: “Get the F-up and move!”

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned about success, I learned from a fish. I was recently chatting with a friend about her job at a company at which she’s been employed for many years. I asked how things were going, to which the friend replied that things were fine. “You know, it’s a job.” She confessed that she really didn’t love the job, but she said, “it’s a good company, I make a decent salary and I know what’s expected of me. It’s comfortable.” I’ve replayed that conversation

A Lesson on Pricing from Picasso Pricing your services is often much more difficult than just charging, “what the market will bear” don’t you think? After all, what is your talent and knowledge worth? Why are some in your profession able to charge so much? Others so little? Will you seem more attractive to potential customers if you’re perceived to be more affordable? As you ponder the answers to these questions consider this short story about the painter, Pablo Picasso. It’s a story I first read in Harry Beckwith’s best-selling book,

  A new installment in Adam Tyler Smith’s ingenious 100 Books That Should Be Written project pokes its brand of affectionate satire at education guru Sir Ken Robinson.  The project’s greatest hits here, here, and here.

Don’t be a Dumb Ass!   A picture (like the one here)  can say so much. Like.. “I’m really ok with living with my mother.” Or, “I’m not out of work.   ..I’m just resting.” Or, “Ladies, I’m available!” And of course, the most obvious one of all, “Yes, I’m a dumb ass.” You see, this is what happens when you DON’T give enough consideration to your personal brand. Don’t be that guy.. Know that EVERYTHING you say and do sends a message to others about who you are, what

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