Going with your gut: Making decisions based on instinct

For centuries, scientists have studied how we go about the difficult task of choosing A or B, left or right, North or South – and how both instinct and intellect figure into the process.

Be specific to maximize your chances for happiness

The paradox of happiness is that chasing it may actually make us less happy, a Stanford researcher says.

How your interests can turn into successes

Maintaining an interest in the goals you pursue can improve your work and reduce burnout, according to research from Duke University.

To ‘think outside the box,’ really think outside the box

Researchers had students think up solutions to problems while acting out various metaphors about creative thinking – and found that the instructions actually worked.

Happiness, comparatively speaking: How we think about life’s rewards

You win some, you lose some. Such are life’s ups and downs.

Does intrinsic motivation actually exist?

While some psychologists still argue that people perform better when they do something because they want to, research suggests we shouldn’t even make that distinction.

Want the right answer? Simply trust your instincts

A study has found that you are more likely to perform well if you do not think too hard, and instead trust your instincts.

Will you succeed? One quick trick to increase motivation

Little research exists in the area of self-talk, although internal dialogue often influences the way people motivate and shape their own behavior.

When mom is the CEO at home, workplace ambitions take a back seat

It’s often said that women can have it all – motherhood and a career. But a study suggests that women who rule the household have less energy for or interest in being a rising star in the workplace.

A positive mood allows you to think more creatively

People who watch funny videos on the internet at work aren’t necessarily wasting time.

Visual learners convert words to pictures in the brain and vice versa

People who consider themselves visual learners, as opposed to verbal learners, have a tendency to convert linguistically presented information into a visual mental representation.

Online reviews: Can negative opinions boost sales?

When purchasing items online, reading customer reviews is a convenient way to get a real-world account of other people’s opinions of the product.

Buying experiences, not stuff, leads to greater happiness

Can money make us happy if we spend it on the right purchases?

How nature nurtures creativity

Backpackers scored 50 percent better on a creativity test after spending four days in nature disconnected from electronic devices, according to a study by psychologists from the University of Utah and University of Kansas.

Does success really make people happy?

Happy individuals are predisposed to seek out and undertake new goals in life and this reinforces positive emotions, say researchers who examined the connections between desirable characteristics, life successes and well-being of over 275,000 people.

See yourself as outsiders do to measure progress toward goals

When people feel they’ve hit a roadblock in reaching a personal goal, such as losing weight, a change in perspective may give them the help...

What makes creativity tick?

A team of researchers led by a Michigan State University neuroscientist has created a quick but reliable test that can measure a person’s...

Don’t get mad – get creative

It’s not just in movies where nerds get their revenge.

Complicated decision? Let your unconscious handle it

When faced with a difficult decision, we try to come up with the best choice by carefully considering all of the options, maybe even resorting to lists and lots of sleepless nights.

Some authors struggle with stardom

Canada’s literary celebrities struggle to find a happy medium between glad-handing with their public and craving the solitude that the writing life affords them.