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How Do You Improve Work Ethic If You’ve Always Been Lazy?

Can a leopard change its spots? Of course it can, with some body paint. In an article for New York magazine’s The Cut, Alison Green describes how even the laziest person can develop strong work ethic. To begin with, imagine all of the times you have procrastinated important work—and how many hours you have spent dwelling on the fact that you had uncompleted work waiting for you. Think about how many carefree hours of your ...

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Girls Feel Less Smart than Boys by Age 6

In an article for CNN, Juliet Perry and Meera Senthilingam share the findings of research conducted on 400 children about their perceptions on being “smart.” What was found was that children typically view both genders as equally intelligent at age 5, but girls start to feel less smart than boys at age 6. For instance, when offered an activity for “really, really smart kids,” 6-year-old girls express less interest than 5-year-old girls. One wrinkle in ...

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Google Makes You Feel Smarter than You Are

Google and other search engines will reward you instantly with the answer to any objective question you might dream up. But people might be forgetting that Google’s genius is not their own. As Melissa Dahl explains for Science of Us, Yale researchers have conducted experiments that show people with access to search engines feel smarter than people who do not have access to them. To illustrate this, one experiment made groups of people answer a ...

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7 Tips to Make Other People Feel Smart

When you care about your colleagues, you want them to feel good about themselves. Making them feel smart is one of the nicest compliments of all. In a post at her website, bestselling author Gretchen Rubin shares seven small tips to accomplish this. First, do not be afraid to take notes while people are talking; it means they are noteworthy! Likewise, reference back to previous points that people have made during a conversation, to show ...

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Tips to Tweak Your Life to Make Yourself Smarter

Sleeping in to 3 p.m. on Saturday is not the path to enlightenment. It is on you to decide what path is right for you though. In an article for Gizmodo, Jamie Condliffe assists by sharing a few tips to make you feel smarter. Let’s start with food. Fish, berries, and antioxidants have been connected with inhibiting cognitive decline, and omega-3 oils have been connected with copious physical and cognitive benefits. Likewise, exercising can, in ...

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5 Scientific Ways to Make Yourself Smarter

“Smart” is an extremely subjective thing. But the good news is that, if you want to feel smart, you only need to fool one person—yourself. In an article for Inc., Geoffrey James shares five tips to feel smart that have some scientific backing: Believe that it is possible to get smarter: Perception shapes reality, and myriad studies have shown that, when you really believe you can do something, the odds are increased of you actually ...

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5 Reasons to Get PMP Certified This Year

If you’re looking for a new professional goal this year, getting certified is a good way to boost your knowledge and have more inspiration to go to work every morning. More certifications means more benefits, and the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential is recognized worldwide. It shows that you are a master when it comes to project management, and you don’t have to talk your colleagues into believing it. Elizabeth Harrin, writing for Project ...

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You Might Be Right to Hate an Ugly Office

Does your office look dated, or just plain hideous? That could cost your business. Rose Leadem shares an infographic at Entrepreneur displaying the findings of a British survey on what in your office can create negative lasting impressions. For instance, 33.9 percent of respondents believe a cluttered workspace would be most likely to leave a bad lasting impression. Lack of natural light received 20.5 percent, and dated decorations received 19.1 percent. Poorly dressed staff—perhaps the ...

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Don’t Jump the Gun Leaving a Job You ‘Hate’

In an article for Fortune, Ian Siegel asks you to reconsider whether your current job is irredeemably awful (if you feel that way in the first place). He says to ask yourself a few questions first. The, ahem, first of them is, “Are you miserable?” As in genuinely miserable, where you dread having to go to work every single day. It could be you are just having a temporary rough patch. The second question is, ...

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So You’ve Realized Your Coworkers Hate You

If an anvil had to drop on someone in the office, your coworkers would unanimously nominate you. How did this happen? Well, let’s not sweat the ugly details and instead focus on improving your image. Jacquelyn Smith shares how in an article for Business Insider. In the first place, make sure the distaste for you is actually real and not just imagined. It could be that people simply disagree with your ideas, as opposed to ...

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