Americans Are Spending a Fortune on Finding Happiness — and Becoming Less Happy in the Process

by Ruth Whippman

But this Calvinist approach to contentment isn’t working. Despite all of the effort and money they are pumping into the endeavor, Americans consistently rank as some of the least happy people in the developed world.One recent survey even placed the day-to-day happiness of the American people two ... Read & React

A Psychologist Has Honed a Subliminal Tactic to Get What You Want Before You’ve Asked For It

by Lila MacLellan

Robert Cialdini made his name on counseling everyday people about how to avoid being manipulated by advertisers, politicians, and lobbyists. Now, the Arizona State University psychology professor is advising people on how to become the manipulator. Cialdini’s new book, Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary ... Read & React

Even Obama Has Trouble Making It Out of the House in the Morning

by Johnny Simon

Departing the White House for a flight to Chicago this morning, US president Barack Obama took a couple steps outside, then stopped. He patted himself down and quickly shuffled back inside. He forgot his cell phone. It’s another one of those rare, humanizing glimpses that have become more common as ... Read & React

How Work Can Be Made Meaningful

by Katie Bailey Professor Of Management, University of Sussex

While most people spend a good proportion of their life at work, few will ever stop to consider whether their work is meaningful. “Meaningfulness” is not something that tends to feature in our daily thoughts, preoccupied as we often are by more mundane matters like rent, bills and lunch. But when ... Read & React

How to Write the Perfect Email

by James Hamblin, MD

I recently cut the amount of time I spent on email by almost half, and I think a lot of people could do the same. I’m sure my approach has made some people hate me, because I come off curt. But if everyone thought about email in the same way, what I’m suggesting wouldn’t be rude. Here are the basic ... Read & React

The Surprisingly Simple Fix for Ineffective Leadership Teams

It’s no secret that many leadership teams don’t function as well as they could or should. Leadership teams are the people in your organization who collectively hold the responsibility for just about everything that impacts growth, operations, employee engagement, and productivity. They’re often ... Read & React

How to Vote for President When You Don't Like the Candidates

How do voters select a candidate when no one they like is on the ballot? Behavioral scientists have studied decision-making – including voting – for decades. However, researchers usually give respondents at least one appealing option to choose from. This led us to wonder: What do voters do when ... Read & React

The Desire to Fit In is the Root of Almost All Wrongdoing

by Christopher Freiman Sssistant professor of philosophy, College of William & Mary

Imagine that one morning you discover a ring that grants you magic powers. With this ring on your finger, you can seize the presidency, rob Fort Knox and instantly become the most famous person on the planet. So, would you do it? Readers of Plato’s Republic will find this thought experiment ... Read & React

Pay for Success: Separating Fact From Fear

by Justin Milner

In an era of tight budgets, finding innovative ways to fund social programs and improve the lives of Americans has become more important than ever. One strategy that has gained prominence in recent years is “pay for success.” Also known as social impact bonds, pay for success aims to align ... Read & React

To Take Control of Your Email Inbox, Think About It Like Your IRL Mailbox

by Jocelyn K. Glei

Like it or not, email breeds a curiously strong sense of obligation. The more unread messages we have in our inboxes, the more guilty we feel. The more time that passes before we can reply to a message, the more we apologize.  Even if it takes forever to get to it, we still can’t shake the feeling ... Read & React

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