Articles tagged with "vocation"

Overachievement, Self-Sabotage, and the Other Faces of Self-Doubt

Lots of people doubt themselves without even realizing it. Procrastinating, being an overachiever or workaholic, or having a substance abuse problem are just a handful of symptoms. Here we cover how to tell if you may be suffering from self-doubt, and what to do about it.

Six Ways to Achieve Your Resolutions and Feel Happier (All Year!)

People often approach goals with a brute-force approach: just put your head down and push (often in the direction of a shiny object). That approach doesn't tend to make people happy or keep them motivated, though . . . which is why New Year's resolutions tend to flame out quickly. Here's what the science tells us about how to create positive change and feel great while doing it!

Five Ways to Start Conquering Your Fears Today

Who likes being afraid? Or appearing to be afraid? Not many people, which is why fear often goes underground. But the fact is that everyone is afraid of something or other. Healthy fear is . . . healthy, but too much of it can be debilitating and keep you stuck in life and unhappy. Here are five tips you can use today to start conquering your fears and taking your life back.

The Sunday Neurosis: Does Your Education Affect How You Feel On the Weekend?

If you find that your mood suffers on the weekend, you might be experiencing the "Sunday neurosis," and researchers find that it becomes more common the more education you have. This can't mean that education makes you feel bad, can it? Or do these findings highlight things we already know to be true about the impact of work upon your wellbeing?

How to Make Room For the Sublime in Your Life

If you've ever witnessed something so amazing that you were awestruck, and saw the world in a new way afterward, then you've experienced the aesthetically sublime. Researchers have identified the conditions you need for those types of experiences. It so happens, they have a lot in common with what you need for a sublime life.

Enjoying Uncertainty: How to Convert Your Fear to Suspense, Part Two

In Part One we explored what suspense is: essentially, a gratifying relationship to uncertainty. Then, we left you hanging with some examples of fear- and suspense-inducing situations to consider. Now, we dive into four critical differences between the two, and identify the steps you can take to convert more of the former into the latter. Uncertainty is surely coming your way—what you make of it is largely up to you.

Enjoying Uncertainty: How to Convert Your Fear to Suspense, Part One

Suspense can be thought of as a combination of fear, delight, and hope. It's a thrill that people seek out, whether through fictional works, haunted houses, or bingo. But often when you face a potentially problematic unknown in your life, you're just stuck with the fear. Why is that? Here, we explore how suspense works, and begin to consider how you can infuse your cliffhanger moments with more delight and hope.

"Everything Happens for a Reason": The Fact and Fiction Behind the Cliché

When times are tough, people are quick to dispense feel-good clichés like “every cloud has a silver lining” or “everything happens for a reason.” For some people, it’s a matter of faith that the universe is inherently reasonable, whether it’s through the action of destiny or God’s will. However, making meaning from difficulties is a very human, personal process that often requires effort, and not just blind faith.

Broaden and Build: How Positive Emotions Can Help You Thrive

Recent research explores how viewing baby animal pictures affects your ability to focus your attention and effort. Far from a fluff piece, studies like this one are actually at the forefront of research into how positive emotions contribute to wellbeing and the ability to thrive. That's right: having positive emotions can help you thrive (not just vice versa), especially if you take advantage of them.

Using Your Setbacks as Building Blocks: An Olympic Case Study

You may not compete for Olympic medals, but you've probably experienced disaster striking just when things are going great. It can wreak havoc on the sense of identity you derive from your life story and fill you with ambivalence and self-doubt. It happened a few days ago to skier Hannah Kearney. But there are things you can do while you're pursuing your goals, and after you experience a setback, that can help you move onward and upward with renewed insight. Here we take a close look at a high-profile example and explore what you can apply to your life.

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