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Study: ‘Buddy system’ is a powerful way to change your habits

If you truly want to change, sometimes it's best not to go it alone. The buddy system works. Here's why, and how you can use it.

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Here’s why introverts pass up leadership opportunities at work — and how they can start taking the lead

Does your introversion hold you back from going for it at work sometimes? As it turns out, science may know why introverts often fail to emerge as leaders.

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This is how boredom can make you brilliant

New book "Bored and Brilliant" by Manoush Zomorodi argues that we lose key moments for creativity, reflection, and growth when we don't space out.

Gender at Work

Global gender gap starts taking hold as early as 10 years old, study finds

Gender stereotypes are ingrained as early as 10 years old, and have damaging repercussions for both men and women's personal and professional lives.

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Study: We’re terrible at guessing people’s races over the phone

For those in charge of hiring, new research is a stark reminder that unconscious biases lurk everywhere. You probably know far less about job candidates than you think you do.


Try this trick to go straight to sleep

Lack of sleep can take years off of your life. Here's a breathing technique that might just help you get those years back — while staying more productive.

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This is the most painful way to be rejected, according to science

Getting rejected from that job is never fun, but new research explains why some "No's" hurt more than others.

The Whole Human

9 signs you’re a highly sensitive person

Sensitive people experience sounds, feelings, and even the presence of other people much more intensely than the average person.

Office Life

Study: This is the cost of keeping a secret

When you keep a secret at work, you're entering a vow of silence that will take more willpower than just keeping your mouth shut.


Feeling right makes us happier than feeling good, study finds

The key to happiness isn't sunshine and smiles. It's getting to express who we really are on a daily basis.

Gender at Work

This CEO dyes her hair brown to be taken seriously

Research shows that blonde and brunette women are treated differently at work. Eileen Carey, the CEO of Glassbreakers, shared that she dyes her blonde hair brunette and wears glasses to be taken more seriously.

Gender at Work

Study: Your boss’s politics may be hurting your pay

Who did your boss vote for in the last election? It may just be affecting your paycheck, according to a new study.

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This is why you can’t remember what day it is on shorter work weeks

Next time people at work look at you funny for not knowing what day it is after a short week, you can tell them that, no really, time got away from you.

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This is the personality type mothers most want for their kids

It turns out that for mothers, one personality trait trumps the rest: Being outgoing.

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This is why your office conspiracist believes crazy rumors

Almost every office has one conspiracy theorist, infecting the workspace with gossip and wild claims. For some of these gossipers, the more outlandish the rumor, the more they believe it as fact. Science now has an answer as to why this may be.


The absurdly simple thing that makes the happiest people in the world so happy

When something good happens, savor the moment.

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Here’s how to stop worrying so much

Ever feel like you can’t turn your brain off?


The 5 paths to become the best at anything

Hard work pays off.

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The single most proven thing you can do right now to get smarter and happier

Being in good shape increases your ability to learn.

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10 things you should do every day to improve your life, according to science

Challenge yourself.

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How to convince your boss to let you see the eclipse

If your skeptical co-workers say "so what?" you can tell them "so this."

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3 ways to stay calm under pressure, according to a bomb disposal expert

Focus on what you can control.

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Strangers know your social class in the first seven words you say, study finds

You're being judged rapidly, frequently, and accurately.

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4 rituals that will make you mentally strong

Ask: “What would Batman do?”

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5 fascinating findings to help you manage lefties

They're likely good multitaskers.

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Yes, you can actually learn in your sleep, study finds

But you can't yet dream your way into learning a new language overnight.

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This is the best way to overcome your fear of missing out

Try gratitude.

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8 ways body language beats IQ

It’s a powerful tool in negotiation.

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The future of work is medically enhanced ‘elite super-workers,’ report says

It's already started.

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3 ways to get rid of anger, according to neuroscience

Don’t vent your anger.

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Survey: A third of tech workers have a coworker who makes them want to quit

Do you?

Gender at Work

Google engineer fired over anti-diversity memo says he may sue

He said he had been fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.”


Why failure is the best teacher for success

Failure is a part of life. Here's how to use it to your advantage.


4 secrets to reading body language like an expert

In five minutes you can often evaluate people with 70% accuracy.

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13 body language blunders that make you look bad

You could be sabotaging your career.

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Why you feel like a fraud and what to do about it

Here are three ways to overcome Imposter Syndrome.

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Why you should trust your instincts at work

A great deal of information is stored in our subconscious.

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4 steps to deal with anxiety, tragedy, or heartache

Write about what’s bothering you for 20 minutes straight.


This quick daily habit will keep your brain sharp

It encourages strategic thinking.

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3 ways to create a safe and open work environment

Embrace inclusivity and curiosity.


The most important samurai secret for success

This is the most powerful way to combat stress.

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4 ways top leaders can build resilience in their teams

Reduce unnecessary obstacles.

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Too much charisma can be a problem at work

Too much charisma is a problem for leaders in the same way that too little is. Here's how you can have just the right amount.

Gender at Work

Study: Men see brunette women as better leaders than blondes

Blonde or brunette? A new study shows that hair color can make all the difference for how men judge female leaders at work.

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How to make your flaws the key to your success

Leverage the traits that make you unique.


How to get people to like you: 7 ways from an FBI behavior expert

What’s the best way to build rapport and create trust? How do you get people to like you? An FBI behavioral expert tells all.


New neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them. Trust neuroscience.

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New study shows eldest children are born to lead

A new study finds that firstborn children are literally born to lead.

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Take a page out of Steve Jobs’ book and switch to walking meetings

You'll understand each other better if you don't have to look at each other.

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3 ways to master your people skills with science

Our relationships can be hacked for good.