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The Problem With Being “Too Nice”

According to recent research in psychology, being too nice can sometimes backfire on us. People who compulsively say “yes” to everyone’s wants and needs often experience greater levels of stress and emotional burnout; they spend all their energy trying to make others happy, and they forget to take care of their own wants and needs. […]

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Emotional Labor: The Role of Emotions at Work

Sociologist Arlie Hochschild coined the term “emotional labor” to refer to professions which require individuals to express certain emotions, regardless of how they feel. The idea here is that employees are often expected to display the right emotions to properly perform their jobs. The cashier or waitress is expected to smile at you and say, […]

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How to Avoid Magical Thinking in Your Relationships

As children, some of our first exposure to love, romance, and relationships is what we see in television shows, movies, books, and other forms of culture and entertainment. This can sometimes have a negative effect on our worldview, especially if we begin to form beliefs and ideals about relationships that aren’t always practical in the […]

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How Positive Emotions Make Us Smarter and Work Harder

The “broaden and build theory” is an idea in psychology that positive emotions allow us to expand our awareness in new ways and tap into mental resources that aren’t usually available to us when we are experiencing more negative emotions. According to psychologist Barbara Fredrickson, negative emotions typically lead to narrow, immediate survival-oriented behaviors. For […]

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Leave It Better Than You Found It

A healthy and positive attitude to have in life is “leave it better than you found it.” It can apply to almost anything too, whether it’s a relationship we’re involved in, a business we work for, the home we live in, or just how we treat nature and the environment. The idea is based on […]

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