1 in 15 Americans over 40 smell odors that aren’t really there

1 in 15 Americans over 40 smell odors that aren’t really there

Do you smell what I smell? While some coworkers are going about their day, your nose may be telling you that something in the office is on fire. The good news is that you are not alone in smelling this. Phantom smells may actually be more common than we think. In JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery,…
Psychologists say ‘dark’ personality traits share this common thing

Psychologists say ‘dark’ personality traits share this common thing

Selfish coworkers, narcissistic bosses, entitled clients — as you progress in your career, you will, unfortunately, encounter all the many sides of bad people to work with, but a new study in Psychological Review argues that these “dark” personality traits share one common core. Prioritizing personal gain is ‘D-factor’ If you want to avoid one of…
Women and men are both bad at multitasking

Women and men are both bad at multitasking

There is a persistent stereotype that women are naturally better at juggling tasks than men. If you Google it, you will be directed to articles on how women are better at multitasking computer tests and doing multiple tasks on a treadmill. But it turns out, none of us are good at multitasking, a new study…
Why walking after dinner is good for you

Why walking after dinner is good for you

This week, I ate a three-course dinner that put me into a carb-induced stupor. The bowl of noodles was delicious, but when I got up from our table, I immediately wanted to take a nap. But instead of following my first impulse to sit down and take a car home, I walked the long way…
What the season of fall – and science – teaches us about life and death

What the season of fall – and science – teaches us about life and...

I was launched as one; and ended up being trillions of them. The cells composing my body are amazing micro-machines; one hundred of them can fit into the period at the end of this phrase. Regardless of my awareness, each of these teeny tiny units strictly performs its own intricate duties: breathing in oxygen and…
This is how to quit bad habits without willpower: 3 secrets from research

This is how to quit bad habits without willpower: 3 secrets from research

You want to be good. But then you get that craving. That emotional pull toward something you said you weren’t going to do. You feel yourself headed toward that bad habit … But you valiantly fight back with willpower. Restraint. White-knuckling it. You floor the emotional brake pedal … Annnnnnd that rarely works for very…
Staying awake: The surprisingly effective way to treat depression

Staying awake: The surprisingly effective way to treat depression

The first sign that something is happening is Angelina’s hands. As she chats to the nurse in Italian, she begins to gesticulate, jabbing, moulding and circling the air with her fingers. As the minutes pass and Angelina becomes increasingly animated, I notice a musicality to her voice that I’m sure wasn’t there earlier. The lines…
This is the important factor you may be overlooking when switching jobs

This is the important factor you may be overlooking when switching jobs

When you don’t love your work, a change of employment can sound alluring. It’s easy to pin your hopes on attaining a dream job, believing that over the horizon lies more fulfillment and better quality of life. But if you’re looking to jump ship from your current position, there may be surprising mental health factors at stake. Before…
You actually can handle the truth more than you think

You actually can handle the truth more than you think

For some of us, having to be truthful all day long would be a nightmare. We could no longer hide behind small lies. We would be forced to reveal painful truths about where people fell short of our expectations. But when researchers at he University of Chicago Booth School of Business actually recruited participants to…
If you want to be a better listener, do this

If you want to be a better listener, do this

The art of listening begins with learning to keep quiet. When we feel heard in a conversation, we feel closer to the person on the other side of the table. But in our rush to be a part of the conversation, we may start to cut off people with our brilliant contribution, eager to finish…

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