Being happy leads to a longer life

Happy people live longer, according to a study  published today in the journal Age and Ageing. The authors found that an increase in happiness is directly proportional with a reduction in mortality.

The study utilized data for 4,478 participants of a nationally-representative survey to look at the association between happiness, assessed in the year 2009, and subsequent likelihood of dying due to any cause, until 31 December 2015.… [read more]

How we judge personality from faces.

We make snap judgments of others based not only on their facial appearance, but also on our pre-existing beliefs about how others’ personalities work, finds a new study, reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The findings underscore how we interpret others’ facial features to form impressions of their personalities.… [read more]

How people use, and lose, preexisting biases.

From love and politics to health and finances, humans mostly make decisions that appear irrational, or dictated by an existing bias or belief. But a new study uncovers a surprisingly rational feature of the human brain: A previously held bias can be set aside so that the brain can apply logical reasoning to the decision at hand.… [read more]

Agile and still angry

Written by Alicia Fortinberry and published by Lawyers Weekly

A short while ago I delivered a leadership program to all levels of a large and highly successful law firm with offices in many countries. I was struck by the common thread of helplessness, isolation and fear from top to bottom, which had not been there to anything like that extent the year before.… [read more]

The glass ceiling: Three reasons why it still exists and is hurting the economy.

The glass ceiling, that invisible barrier to advancement that women face at the top levels of the workplace, remains as intractable as ever and is a drag on the economy.

New research, as yet unpublished, from the Chicago Booth Business School finds while there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that sexism has prevented many talented women from achieving their full potential at work, there are factors beyond gender discrimination in the workplace that are holding women back.… [read more]

It’s okay when you’re not okay: A re-evaluation of resilience in adults.

Revised resilience research shows most people struggle and then recover after adversity.

Most previous research on how adults deal with major setbacks claimed the most common response is uninterrupted and stable psychological functioning, suggesting that most adults are essentially unfazed by adverse life events such as spousal loss or divorce.… [read more]

High status-signaling deters new friendships

When it comes to making new friends, status symbols actually stop people making friends with us, according to new research published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

What the researchers say: “Often times we think that status symbols—whether a luxury car like a BMW, a brand name purse like Prada, or an expensive watch like Rolex—will make us look more socially attractive to others,” says the lead researcher.… [read more]

Collaborate electronically, but only intermittently.

The march toward always-on technology may hinder groups’ ability to solve complex problems, according to a just-published study.

More than a decade after the introduction of the first smartphone, we are now awash in always-on technologies–email, IM, social media, Slack, Yammer, and so on.… [read more]