Cultivate Connections

Bosom Buddies – Positive Prescription – Positivity Article

You need friends. Certainly, eating well, exercising and a healthy lifestyle are known to increase longevity and reduce the risk of death, but research reveals that having a lot of friends contributes to living a long and good life. The numbers are staggering, actually. Studies show that social connections—friends, family, neighbors and colleagues—improve our odds of survival by 50%. The following statistics from a recent study put it in perspective. Having few friends and low social interaction is equivalent to: Smoking…

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Why Your Partner Should Not Be Your One and Only – Positivity Article

Not all stress is created equal. An argument with your significant other has been found to be by far the most upsetting of all daily stressors. As one patient told me, fighting with his wife in the morning sets a negative tone for the rest of the day. He described it as a dark cloud that hangs over him and follows him around until the issue is resolved. In addition to taking an emotional toll, there is a physical cost to…

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The Science Behind Good Gift-Giving – Positivity Article

The desire to be a good gift-giver often backfires. Here’s a scientific breakdown of what many of us get wrong about gift-giving and how to get it right: Myth: Gifts should dazzle Reality: Instead of focusing on the “wow” factor in the moment of exchange, choose a gift that will be useful. Novelty wears off quickly. These gift misfires usually end up in the back of a closet. Myth: Gifts should surprise Reality: Although you may feel inclined to go…

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Feasting Together Can Help You Succeed in Business and in Life – Positivity Article

While meal replacements like Soylent are ideally suited for those who prefer to get sustenance through a straw and on their own time, don’t discount the immeasurable benefits of sitting down for a real meal with other people. It’s important to break bread. It’s even better to break it with others. Research from the University of Oxford found that the more we eat with other people, the happier we are and the more satisfied we are with our lives. Social…

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What Makes a Good Doctor? – Positivity Article

“I don’t care if she’s nice. I just care that she’s the best.” My patient’s internist was retiring and he was eager to find a new one. Like most people, he relied on credentials and reputation to assess expertise. “Where did she go to medical school?,” he asked. “Is she on New York Magazine’s Best Doctors list?” How caring or warm she is didn’t factor into his analysis. He believed that competence, not kindness, mattered most. Research from Stanford University suggests otherwise. Volunteers in a study were pricked on their…

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3 Uncommon Engineering Skills That Engineers Should Develop for Extraordinary Success – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

This is a guest post by Nader Mowlaee There comes a time in every engineer’s career where they’ll want to take their roles to the next level by managing others, overseeing projects, and even running their own engineering startups. It’s a given that to catapult your engineering career, you have to do what’s necessary to be successful in outshining the rest, and sometimes that calls for identifying and fine-tuning the skills companies need. Research shows that companies desire soft skills, such as…

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