4 Effective Ways to Persuade People

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need persuasion. You would simply point out a few facts and people would do the right thing. Litterbugs would learn that 80% of the trash floating around in our oceans starts on land, and just like that, they’d never toss another gum wrapper on the sidewalk. But it’s not a perfect world. And getting people to...

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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....

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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...

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4 Reasons we Lie, Cheat and Steal

Let’s cut to the chase. We all lie. It’s one of those dirty little secrets every human being carries around. Sure, there are different degrees of it. Bernie Madoff’s deception isn’t really in the same league as telling your girlfriend that you like her DIY dye job. But they’re both lies. Why we lie is the ongoing fascination of Dan Ariely, a...

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Straight Outta Compton: A Case Study in Impact

If there is one thing that gets SGA up in the morning (aside of the double-shot soy latte), it’s impact. We like to make a difference. We put our passion for impact to the test one recent Saturday morning, when we met in the parking lot of Bunche Middle School at 7am sharp (caffeine in hand) to participate in Compton Initiative’s Just...

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