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Three Myths of Happiness

In recent years, happiness has become an increasingly popular topic in the field of psychology.  But as many researchers have found, it is a tricky topic to study. Happiness is easily misread, difficult to measure, and often created by counter-intuitive actions.

One researcher at the University of California Riverside, Professor  Sonja Lyubomirsky, has made some significant strides towards understanding what makes us happy.

In her book, “The How of Happiness” she creates an interesting and somewhat counter-intuitive guide to understanding what happiness is – and what it isn’t – based on her cognitive research of thousands of individuals.

To start, her research suggests that 50% of our happiness is set based on our genes, 10% is based on life circumstances and 40% is based on intentional decision we make. So while 60% of our happiness is out of our control, 40% is in our control… and yet many of the decision we make do not align with increasing our happiness. And to compound that problem, many of the expectations of society (i.e., societal social norms) push us towards a path that actually decreases happiness. Read More

Networking is Not a Dirty Word

Networking is often viewed as a sleazy undertaking practiced by greasy individuals who are slick, scan the room while “talking” to you and are the epitome of superficial. It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, true and effective networking can be highly satisfying and helpful to your work because it is about connecting with others and building relationships that can be mutually beneficial to both parties.

Sure, you say, easier said than done. I will be the first to admit that I’m not one to jump at the chance of walking into a massive room full of nametag-wearing professionals intently chatting away with a glass of wine in their hands. When it comes to smaller, more intimate gatherings, however, I genuinely enjoy meeting new people. This is particularly true at dinner parties or alumni gatherings where there is a common thread bringing us all together – whether that be a common friend or alma mater. Read More

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