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The power of a smile

The power of a smile

Image: “The Sun” by Yue Minjun
If you put a baby monkey in front of two human beings that it doesn’t know, and one of them smiles at it and the other one doesn’t, the animal will always make for the person who is smiling. The reason is simple: smiling is a form of social glue. Smiling brings us closer to others (and to the whole family of mammals, one might add). Obviously, we are talking …

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Fragility makes us stronger

Fragility makes us stronger

The other day in a leadership training workshop, we did a role-play where one of the participants took on the role of a boss who has to give some bad news to a co-worker. The situation cried out for this person to start off by apologizing, but he didn’t. I have to admit that I’ve always been puzzled by people who act like this -and let it be said in passing that it’s very common- …

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What if stress weren’t such a bad thing in the end?

What if stress weren’t such a bad thing in the end?

Do you have a stressful job? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), you are just one of the 10% of the world’s adult population who suffer from this problem. What’s more, in industrialized countries the figure is considerably higher. In the United States, for example, 43% of workers are estimated to suffer the effects of stress, and a million employees miss work every day because of it, according to …

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What kind of person chooses someone good-looking as their partner?

What kind of person chooses someone good-looking as their partner?

When we are looking for a partner, what do we think is more important: their outer or inner beauty? All of us, given the choice, would rather our prospective partner were attractive. However, there are some people whose character predisposes them to prefer someone who is stunningly good-looking, even though their beauty masks an inner emptiness. This has been proven by scientific research, which has uncovered an interesting aspect of how we behave: our level …

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Common myths about love and happiness

Common myths about love and happiness

If we compiled a list of all the things that we need to be happy, it’s possible that we would include being in a relationship, getting married or not splitting up if we’re already with someone. Psychologists have set about examining this question and have analyzed if our list of seemingly marvellous things would actually bring us the happiness that we’re looking for. Their findings are conclusive: it seems that many of the elements in …

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