"Smiling is one way to reduce the distress caused by an upsetting situation. Psychologists call this the facial feedback hypothesis. Even forcing a smile when we don’t feel like it is enough to lift our mood slightly (this is one example of embodied cognition)."
“When our phones are constantly buzzing, they don’t let us monotask on the complex problems we have to deal with—undoing any creativity before it gets done. So put that thing into airplane mode—then you can really fly.”
This camera-powered mirror projects an image back to you that shows you looking happier than you are in real life. Can it actually make you happier?
5 simple but smart apps to make you happier, healthier, and more productive.
“In every immediate goal there is a wealth of deeper values and hopes that are our long-term goals, if we take the time to look closely. They point directly to what we truly need in the future.”
It’s 7 p.m., do you know where your productivity is? Tonight, before you order that third drink (while stuffing a fistful of chips into your face), play out the entire situation. Picture yourself going overboard. See yourself staying out too late, skipping your good pre-bed habits, and waking up with a throbbing headache. Watch your nauseous self commuting to and then dragging yourself through a seemingly endless workday during which you order a burger and fries for delivery and watch an excessive amount of Upworthy videos.
Use this little mental trick and chances are you’ll put down the margarita and reach for your water, instead. Here, a few more evening productivity tips.
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Happy Monday everyone! Here are some tips that will help you kick off the week feeling organized, energized, and productive.
Did you spend half of your commute trying to remember whether you locked your front door?
Not excited about another long, hectic work week?
Want to be a better leader this week?
And here are a few ways that you can spice up your work life (and boost your creativity).
So go out and dominate this week!
Office pranks are one way to make your office more fun.
According to Kenexa CEO and human resources expert Rudy Karsen, "when you’re in a job that you enjoy and you’re good at, you’re not just a better worker. You’re a better spouse, a better parent, a better citizen."
So, in the spirit of pleasant workplaces everywhere, here’s a compilation of fast and fun ways to make your office a bit more fun.
The idea is simple: your brain is constantly monitoring what’s happening in your body. It analyzes things like muscle tension, posture, heart rate, breathing, and, yes, facial expressions, to judge how you are feeling.
Put yourself in a happier position, and you can boost your mood.”
Hopefully you are enjoying your weekend and not dreading the arrival of another Monday. Here are a few tips that may make your week pleasant and productive:
Want to dominate this week like a boss?
Might as well find out their productivity secrets while you’re at it…
Want to have a joyous work week?
Try starting this week with a fresh mind and a newbie perspective.
Need to get your creative juices flowing for next week’s big project? Then get a ton of laughs this weekend…
Dreading a dispute this week? Fret no more.
Have a great week!
"After smell, music is the fastest, most user-friendly way to influence and reset your brain networks without using an external substance," explains Michele Hoos of the Daily Muse.
You’re already putting on your headphones to block out your coworkers but is your work playlist helping or hurting you?
You need energy to do your best work or be a good friend or partner. Weekends give energy. So unplug for the next 60 hours or so, because when you’re detached from your work over the weekend, you are able to recover from your workweek.
It’s 90 degrees here in NYC.
What this Fast Co. employee loves about her job today is:
- 7 World Trade Center’s frosty air conditioning.
- Fast Company’s unending supply of cold beverages.
- (And challenging, stimulating work, etc.)
What do you love about your job today?
Hopefully you are enjoying your weekend and not dreading the arrival of another Monday. Here are a few tips that may make your week pleasant and productive.
Feeling a little stuck, need a boost in creativity?
No worries if you really can’t leave your desk.
Having trouble remembering why your work matters?
Another way to make your work more meaningful is to…
Starting a new job or just want to establish yourself at your work place?
Do you hit productivity walls? (Are you human?)
Have a great week y’all!