Forget Your Troubles Come on Get Happy

March 28, 2017

Firsthand Staff

This week we tackle what the World Happiness Report tells us about happiness among American workers, and when the last time was that you took on a new challenge.

8 Ways Body Language Beats IQ
It’s easy to think that smarter people are more likely to succeed, but social psychologist Amy Cuddy knows first-hand how attitude can outweigh IQ. Cuddy struggled after a debilitating accident that lowered her IQ score 30 points – until she discovered that it was a lack of confidence that was holding her back, not her lack of brainpower. Studies show that people who use positive body language are more likable, competent, persuasive, and emotionally intelligent. Read Article»

How ‘Cool Syndrome’ Is Killing Our Careers
Can you stay late tonight? Of course I can! Can you help me with this project? Why not? Research from the University of Notre Dame finds that agreeable employees earn less and are less likely to receive promotions. ‘Cool syndrome’ in the workplace can also ruin your chances of learning and improving. So think twice before jumping to say ‘yes’ to anything asked of you. Perhaps saying ‘no’ to a project is exactly what you need to do to get ahead. Read Article»

I Built A Bot To Apply To Thousands of Jobs – Here’s What I Learned
Fast Company
Robert Combs’ bot applied to 538 jobs for him with customized cover letters and resumes, and he got 0 job offers. 63% of applications garnered no response, and 28% received canned responses. After months of effort, he realized that networking was the solution. Over 50% of hires in 2014 were from personal referrals. Being referred to a job makes you four times more likely to get hired than someone off the street or from a job board. It’s not who you know. It’s who you get to know. Read Article»

When You Agree to a Networking Meeting But Don’t Know What You’re Going to Talk About
Harvard Business Review
What’s worse than a pointless meeting? Nothing. Agreeing to a networking meeting without an immediate goal in mind may seem like a waste of time. Don’t let that scare you though, because any meeting could develop into a career-changing connection. Make sure you clarify why you accepted the meeting, and keep this in mind to help steer the conversation. Align your personal goals with the type of meeting you set. Ask the right questions if you have an informational goal. Lastly, don’t treat it as a one-off encounter. If the conversation was good, then ask for another one, and build a real and lasting relationship. Read Article»

How to Be Successful: Stop Reading About How to Be Successful
Listicles, charts, and graphs, oh my! We see success-bait articles on almost every social media outlet and blog today, but are they actually useful? Harvard Business Review postulates that these career-focused articles might actually be useless, or even worse, potentially harmful. These articles are not backed by data, do not include stories of failure, and are oftentimes subjective. The truth is, success does not have one definition and can be achieved with multiple paths. Find the ones that resonate the most with you. Read Article»

Does Work Make You Happy? Evidence from the World Happiness Report
Harvard Business Review
Forget your troubles, and just get happy! This year’s report tells us: Blue-collar workers tend to be less happy than white-collar workers;  Self-employed people rank as the most satisfied and least stressed employees; And unemployed people are the most miserable, with far-reaching implications even after an unemployed worker acquires new work. Read Article»

The Eternal Struggle – Balancing Career Success And Self Care
Her Agenda
Eela Dubey always felt that she was spinning her wheels – working towards something and achieving nothing. She worked in New York City for 6 years pursuing a career in finance, but she soon realized professional satisfaction depends a lot on personal satisfaction. So she abandoned the hustle and bustle of New York to study Yoga with her grandfather in India. Working under him, she discovered the secret to success lies in mindfulness – not once in a while, but practiced every day. Read Article»

When Was the Last Time You Took On a New Challenge?
Harvard Business Review
Learn something new, and become a “superager” – those who function at extremely high levels in old age from doing mentally and physically difficult tasks. Their memory and concentration is on par with people one-third their age. Not only does learning something new make you age well, but it can also improve your well-being, have a positive impact on your work life, and make you more creative. Read Article»

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