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The weird connection between your boss listening more and the pandemic

The past year has been a learning experience for everyone. On that note, a new study just released by Baylor University set out to see what lessons the pandemic has taught communications professionals as they’ve attempted to navigate these uncertain times and maintain some semblance of normality and team cohesion. Across the board (and various industries), interviewed communications professionals told researchers that the transition...

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Work in a financial field? Never use this color

In life, we often search for complex answers and deeper, hidden meanings. Sometimes, though, things truly are as simple as they appear. Case in point, a new study recently released by the University of Kansas. KU researchers report the color red, a hue associated with errors, negativity, and stopping in Western culture, can have a big impact on financial and investment decisions. According to the research, when an investor sees red...

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Millennials and Gen Z will take a pay cut if it means working at these companies

Each generation faces its own unique set of challenges and issues. Today, many younger adults and adolescents, more specifically millennials and their younger “Gen Z” counterparts, believe climate change is their obstacle to overcome. It’s well documented that many, if not the majority, of young people these days rate sustainability and ecologically friendly practices as extremely important when it comes to choosing brands,...

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Turns out when we’re depressed, we really do see the world differently

It’s often said that when we’re depressed we see the world differently, but most of the time that’s meant in a figurative sense. Now, a new study finds depression literally changes how we view the world. Researchers from the University of Helsinki in Finland have collected compelling evidence showing that the brain processes visual information differently when an individual is depressed. More specifically, these visual...

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Eating this specific type of food could be a game-changer for your muscles

Move over chicken, meat, and other forms of protein. Your muscles just found a new favorite food group. A new study just released by Edith Cowan University reports green leafy vegetables (lettuce, kale, spinach, cabbage, etc) appear to be a big part of cultivating ideal muscle health and functioning. They recommend consuming at least one cup of such vegetables per day. Among a group of participants, those who ate lots of nitrate-rich...

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A study suggests you can combat workplace loneliness by doing 1 thing

Remote work from the comfort of one’s living room or kitchen is the new normal for millions, and while that means less money and time spent on morning commutes and take-out lunches, it also means a whole lot of isolation. Who knew we would miss small talk in the break room so much? A new study just released by Indiana University even found that high levels of work loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic are associated with more...

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This trick can help boost your resilience

Resiliency is an advantageous quality in life. This world tends to throw us surprises when we’re least expecting them, and a little bit of resilience can go a long way toward staying cool, calm, and collected in the face of adversity. Of course, certain people are more resilient than others. Some even appear to thrive on adversity. What paralyzes one individual with stress and worry, may just serve as a motivator to someone else. If...

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Just 2 servings of this per week can help protect your heart

In a bit of good news for everyone’s heart, but perhaps bad news for our breaths, a new study finds eating oily fish regularly can help protect against cardiovascular disease. This holds especially true for people considered “high risk” for future cardiac episodes.  Essentially, if you’ve already had a heart attack or stroke, it’s that much more important to pick up a few tins of sardines at the store. Conducted at McMaster...

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If you lie frequently, you will start to have this problem

There’s an old saying that goes “live by the sword, die by the sword.” Well, according to a fascinating new study just released by the University of Waterloo, people who make lies, deception, and exaggeration a daily activity are far more likely than the rest of us to believe a lie themselves. Perhaps the adage should go: “live by the lie, fall for the lie.” Deception comes in many forms. Some people can’t help but flat out...

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Is ‘cybervetting’ killing your chances at a job? Here’s what you need to know

It’s a common trope at dinner tables and family gatherings all over the country. Mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa lecturing the younger members of the family on how much harder life was “back in my day.” From walking to school each morning in the freezing cold, to descriptions of weekends long past spent entirely screen-free, older generations often enjoy pointing out the ease of modern life in comparison to decades ago. Such...

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This study just blew up a major myth about first impressions

You’ve heard it a million times. Sometimes the phrasing is a bit different, but the main message always remains the same; be sure to make a great first impression, because you’re only going to get one chance.  It’s a sentiment that’s repeated so often because it holds true. Whether we’re talking about a first date, an initial introduction at a party, or the first meeting between two business associates, first impressions go...

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This study just uncovered the secret to brand loyalty

Any company or brand wants every customer to be a repeat customer, but that’s easier said than accomplished. Now, new research indicates the best way to build brand loyalty is to provide consumers with a unique, memorable experience. We’ve all had certain experiences in life that we continually look back on and smile about years and decades after the fact. Whether that’s a wedding day, graduation ceremony, the birth of a child,...