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Psychology

Stress Can Be Good for You (Seriously) 

For years, researchers Kelly McGonigal spread the message that stress was toxic. Unsurprisingly, people weren’t too happy to hear that message. The takeaway – that if you can’t reduce your stress, you’re doomed – isn’t the most uplifting. But these days, …

Psychology

Mental Health and Wellness in the Startup Realm

During my relatively short six-year journey through the startup landscape- I’ve been through ugly founder breakups, I’ve lost plenty of money, way too much time, and I ended up in the hospital from exhaustion from too many 100 hour weeks. That’s just the tip of the…

Psychology

Richard Branson Explains How to Be Happy 

Success isn’t what makes him happy, explains Virgin founder Richard Branson in his contribution to Dear Stranger: Letters on the Subject of Happiness (July 2015). To clarify, that means that having a billion dollars, a private island, and your very own Wikipedia page …

Psychology

Are You After Money, Power, or Happiness?  

In a famous psychology study, researchers talked to hospital cleaning staff about their work. Expecting to hear about drudgery and boredom, they were surprised when some people spoke of great fulfillment. These cleaners were the ones who took on extra jobs, like socializing …

Psychology

Empathy: the Most Important Thing

Here is a true story. One day during the summer before I turned fourteen, I was at a day camp near Walden Lake in Massachusetts. My friend, Scott, was playfully teasing another camper, Monica, about her mascara-smeared eyebrows – an accident she had caused…