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The Value of Sharing for Your Career Growth

Whenever the topic of blog writing comes up, the question I get asked the most is, “Why do you do this in the first place?” In order to explain why, we need to go back to the end of the last century—the year 1999. I had just finished my post-secondary education as a civil engineering technologist. As the final term came to a close, I had a gleam in my eye and I was looking …

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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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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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Keeping Workplace Humor Free of Lawsuits

In a bummer of a post for PM Hut, Dave Clemens approaches the topic of workplace humor from an HR perspective. He basically comes across as the Comedy Police. But if you think you could use some of that at your office, read on. Clemens finds that, while everyone knows actual verbal fighting is unacceptable in the workplace, humorous “mock” fights are fair game. In such cases, jokes can push the limits of acceptability as …

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Leading with Humor

In an article for Harvard Business Review, Alison Beard examines a couple books that try to get at the root of what constitutes “humor.” From them, she attempts to distill how anyone, even you, can solicit a chuckle at the office. Her challenge in this endeavor is that these books—like most books about humor—focus on literal jokes, as opposed to being funny on a whim in a conversation. In most cases, a person is going …

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10 Ways Humor Enriches Work

Everyone likes to smile, so convincing people that humor is a good thing is not the hardest sell. Nonetheless, Jacquelyn Smith highlights 10 ways that humor can improve the work environment in an article for Forbes. Here they are in brief: People like people who make them laugh, making humor good for team cohesion. Humor decreases stress from multiple angles simultaneously. Humor is an equalizer, putting people of varied career rungs on equal footing. Humor …

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Using Humor in the Office: When It Works, When It Backfires

In an interview with Wharton, Maurice Schweitzer and Brad Bitterly (Bitterly gets around) discuss their research findings on when humor helps and hinders business. Essentially, when humor signals confidence and competence, it is good. And when humor is used in poor taste or to be a class clown, it is bad. That is because humor of the latter variety indicates a lack of competence, which is disruptive to your career prospects. Notably, the research suggests …

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3 Tips to Use Humor Naturally at Work

If you try too hard to be funny, everyone will hate you. That is why Jennifer Winter offers some practical tips to be funny in your own natural way in an article for the Muse. For instance, her first tip is to stop trying to be funny. She explains how, in the past, urges to try and be funny just because her colleagues were being funny would come back to bite her—because her jokes were …

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