Archives Category: Magazine Articles

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7 Powerful Ways to Uplift a Friend in Need (+ Yourself!)

20 Jun
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When Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean Inlost her husband – she said no one knew how to talk to her. People felt awkward around her and didn’t know what to say. One of the goals of her new book, New York Times #1 Bestseller Option B is to talk…Read More

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When GRIT Goes Wrong & What to Do Instead

01 Jun
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As a researcher and instructor at elite universities in the US, I watch with interest each year as parents and their children celebrate students’ admission to big-name schools with single-digit acceptance rates. I can attest that Ivy League schools …Read More

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The Ridiculously Easy Way to Become An Innovative Thinker

16 May

From Vincent Van Gogh on through Kanye West, the figure of the broody, tortured artist looms large in the popular imagination. But research suggests that the key to creativity and innovation has little to do with angst. In researching my book The Happiness TrackI found that the biggest breakthrough ideas often  come from relaxation.

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What to Do When You’re the Target of a Hurtful Office Rumor

12 Dec

When Caroline moved to a new city to take on a job at a company she was thrilled to join, she was surprised when she had a hard time building friendships and positive relationships with her colleagues. A few months down the road, she found out why: Someone from her previous company had falsely told one of her new colleagues that Caroline tries to …Read More

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How to Keep Politics Out of the Playground

18 Nov

No matter what our political affiliation, our children are entering a deeply divided society and the results are already being seen in schools across the country. Children’s brains are programmed to absorb information, learning and modeling the behavior they see in others—especially the adults around them. But, at a contentious time like toda…Read More

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The #1 Predictor of Relationship Success No One Talks About

25 Sep
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How You Relate to Yourself Predicts Your Relationship Success With Others

When we think about creating a healthy and successful relationship with someone, we tend to focus on how we can best bridge our differences. We want to allow room …Read More

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The #1 Shortcut to Greater Productivity

25 Sep
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Why Adderall and stimulants backfire for productivity—and what to do instead.

Get more done faster and better. That seems to be everyone’s modus operandi these days. And with a new school year starting, you too may be resolving to become more effic…Read More

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How to Get the Deepest Rest of All

25 Sep

 

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Many of us are tired or burned out; here’s how to restore ourselves for good.

I recently became a mother (a year and a half ago, to be exact). Before that, I was busy: writing a book and articles, working full-time at Stanford’s Cen…Read More

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3 Highly Effective Ways to Give Critical Feedback

01 Jun
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We have this idea that – whether at work or in personal relationships – giving critical feedback is necessary but difficult. The relationship may become damaged if there are hurt feelings. Sometimes we prefer not to say anything, but then…Read More

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3 Foolproof Ways to Prevent Work Burnout, Backed by Science

23 May
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Our culture is obsessed with productivity. But research shows that stressing ourselves out over an ever-expanding to-do list actually works against us—no matter how “productive” we may feel. After all, we’re seeing 50% burnout rates…Read More

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