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Office Life

Watch out for these 4 downsides of moonlighting

Looking to moonlight to boost your income? It may seem like a great way to earn some extra bucks, but be aware there may be some drawbacks, especially in the personal side of your life.

The Whole Human

If you want to start making better decisions, do this

Do you ever look back on your decisions and think, “Why I on earth did I do that?” We all make bad decisions. You can never avoid making a mistake. However, you can avoid making the same mistake more than once.

The Whole Human

The strange way being ‘good’ hurts your willpower

"Tell yourself you’re 'good' for working on an important project and ‘bad’ for procrastinating, and you’re more likely to slack off in the afternoon if you made progress in the morning. Simply put: Whenever we have conflicting desires, being good gives us permission to be a little bit bad."

Career Advice

4 things no one tells you about the first 5 years of your career

There are several things no one tells you about the first 5 years of your career. After spending much of those years really confused (maybe how you’re feeling now) and constantly soul-searching, below are 4 things I wish someone had given me a heads up about when I was starting my career.

Finances

How to deal with your significant other losing their job

When my husband lost his supposedly stable job (just a casual two months before our wedding), we went through one of the roughest patches of our relationship — most of it being my fault.

The Whole Human

Feeling stuck in life? How to take your life from stuck to awesome

Staying stuck and refusing to do something about it, is the biggest obstacle to your recovery. The good news is, it’s just a feeling. When you start to make positive movement forward, the feeling will change.

Success

Being different beats being better

I always thought that the best wins at anything. That might be true for sports. But not for life and business. If you’re trying to build a profitable business or stable career, you might be approaching it all wrong.

The Whole Human

10 unmistakable habits of irresistible people

Since being irresistible isn’t the result of dumb luck, it’s time to study the habits of irresistible people so that you can use them to your benefit. Get ready to say “hello” to a new, more irresistible you.

The Whole Human

17 quarter-life crises everyone has (or will experience)

Quarter-life crises come in many forms, big and small, but we bet you’ve experienced or will experience the seventeen life events below. Unfortunately, they hit you in the face like a Mack Truck. Just remember: They won’t quite kill you, but they’ll teach you some hard-earned lessons.

Job search

Study: The top 5 cities attracting the most out-of-area workers

Turns out that people have a habit of moving to certain cities for work. In fact, recent research from Glassdoor shows that San Francisco is the city in their analysis with the most workers from elsewhere at 12.4%.

Parenting

How to talk to children about losing your job

Getting fired or laid off can feel awful — which is why talking about it with your children can be an extremely sensitive situation. Here's how to do it.

Work-Life Balance

The U.S. is stingier with childcare and maternity leave than the rest of the planet

America's lack of parental leave and childcare may explain why the U.S. is no longer a leader in women’s workforce participation.

Books

Author Frank Hanna on why college shouldn’t be our best years

It's a tale as old as time: enjoy college, graduate, then watch younger people have all the fun you used to have as you struggle through your 9-to-5 job. But one author believes that there has to be a lot more to life than that.

The Whole Human

Finding your ‘onlyness’ – Stop hiding what makes you distinct

Each of us stands in a spot in the world only we stand in, with our own specific value. But are you hiding what makes you distinct?

Productivity

6 career goals you should meet by ages 30, 40 and 50

Goals are often used as benchmarks of progress. If you meet 'em, you might earn a raise, a title change or bargaining power to ask for more vacation or flexibility. If you don’t — it’s time to work on improving your performance.

Inspiration

Here is why you should live like you’re immortal

It seems like all my peers have this idea that being young is an excuse for not living a satisfying life. But Millennials are not the only group of people who hide behind excuses. We all do. I get it. Taking on responsibilities in life is scary. It’s way cooler to have toast with avocado.

News

These are the best cities to start a new career

WalletHub analyzed 182 American cities in terms of "Quality of Life" and "Professional Opportunities," then assessed each in terms of 27 different factors — including the availability of entry-level jobs to monthly average starting salary to workforce diversity — to ultimately come up with their rankings.

News

Here are the best colleges under $20,000 in each state

From a geographical perspective, there are affordable top-ranked programs in every region of the country. The West tends to have a higher number of inexpensive universities, like the University of New Mexico ($7,146) or Montana State University ($7,150), but similar price points can be found out East, too.

Success

The small behaviors that create excellence at work

Tom Peters is a leading business mind and the bestselling author of sixteen books, including In Search of Excellence (with Robert H. Waterman, Jr.), which is often cited among the best business books ever written. He recently joined Caroline Webb, CEO of Sevenshift and author of How to Have a Good Day, to discuss the timeless words and gestures that create excellence—and give you a serious edge—while on the job.

The Whole Human

Mental noise is hurting us: Why silence is the think tank of the soul

Mental noise is hurting our minds — we are continually asking questions that create busyness, not knowledge. We are in "reacting mode," leaving no room for reflection. To regain perspective in life, you need to pause. Silence is fertile ground.

According to Science

We’re all liars at work: Here’s why

In “Why We Lie: The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind,” David Livingstone Smith poses the theory that lying is deeply embedded in our subconscious as a result of evolution.

Innovation

People don’t want something truly new, they want the familiar done differently

The lesson of the California Roll is simple — people don’t want something truly new, they want the familiar done differently. Interestingly, this lesson applies just as much to the spread of innovation as it does to tastes in food.

The Whole Human

This is the single worst piece of advice still given out by people

If all you like to do is use people, well, I feel sorry for you. Because when it’s all said and done, you’re not going to have anyone that will vouch for you. No one will offer to help you out in your time of need.

Productivity

This 15-30 minute routine makes your brain healthier, younger, and smarter

In the book, BLUE ZONES: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, author Dan Buettner details some incredible science on how to live the longest possible life.

Stress

This is exact time the average American first curses each day

OnePoll surveyed 2,000 Americans and found that cursing is the main way people show "frustration," at 63%, followed by "yelling" at 49% and "crying" at 39%. People turn to music for stress relief most often at 50%.