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If you need to solve a problem creatively, listen to happy music

admin April 9, 2018 0

Participants who came up with the most original and useful solutions to a task scored higher in divergent creativity, while participants who came up with the single best possible solution to a task scored higher in convergent creativity. (Shutterstock/File)

If you’re stuck on a project and need some inspiration, listening to happy music could help you think of more creative solutions than listening to silence according to new research.

The study was carried out by Simone Ritter from Radboud University, The Netherlands and Sam Ferguson from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

Researchers recruited 155 participants to investigate the effect of music on creative cognition – the ability to come up with creative ideas, problem …..

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How to overcome the stress of job searching

admin April 6, 2018 0

Despite of feeling stuck and doubtful about yourself, you can actually use this period to explore and have as many interactions as possible with other people to expand your network and knowledge. (Shutterstock/File)

For some people, finding a suitable job according to their passion and educational background with a good salary can seem to be impossible. Several mental health problems may arise from this situation, such as stress and depression.

If you feel that your job search keeps letting you down, consider these tips to manage it, as compiled by kompas.com:

Don’t isolate yourself

Despite feeling stuck and doubtful about yourself, you can actually use this period to explore and have as many interactions as possible with other people to expand your …

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Eight scientifically proven ways to attain self-confidence

admin April 2, 2018 0

Confidence requires self-awareness in what one is good at and what one lacks, and determines the way in which one communicates this information to others. (Shutterstock/File)

Perhaps the most essential piece of advice you’ll receive over the course of your lifetime is “be confident”.

We all, at some point, learn the traits confident people have and how they derive benefits from them, yet we struggle to emulate them. The “fake-it-till-you-make-it” mantra will only get you so far in attaining self-confidence.

Confidence requires self-awareness in what one is good at and what one lacks, and determines the way in which one communicates this information to others. This contrasts with arrogance, where one believes they are better at something ….

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Five tips on improving workplace communication

admin March 26, 2018 0

When communicating in the workplace, draw on how your message is relevant to your audience and the priorities they may have. (Shutterstock/File)

We’ve all had those workplace conversations where we thought we got the point across and that everyone was on the same page, only to find out that our understanding of our message differed from what was understood by others.

In most cases, the unfortunate discovery doesn’t happen until a missed deadline, a hot sales opportunity that falls through the cracks or a coworker feeling insulted stokes a major sense of resentment.

The list that follows, compiled by Forbes, details how to make yourself better heard and understood in the workplace.

Never assume you have everyone’s attention

Even if the message you’re conveying is important and may directly affect your audience, don’t assume you have ….

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How to stick to your New Year’s resolution

admin March 23, 2018 0

The New Year is a time to reflect and rejoice. (Shutterstock/File)

Time really does fly. Soon we will be welcoming a new year.

How we celebrate the New Year may vary. Some may treat it as just another casual day, while some may treat it more special, perhaps by making specific wish or resolution.

Welcoming the New Year with a resolution can serve as the right moment to start something  great, full of energy and positivity. Speaking of which, how many New Year’s resolutions have you made in your life? How many have you successfully accomplished?

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Overweight correlates with faster aging of the brain: Study

admin March 19, 2018 0

Overweight people lose a year of life on average, according to Richard Peto of Oxford University. (Shutterstock/-)

Researchers have found that levels of tissue connecting different parts of the brain are significantly lower in obese and overweight middle-aged people than in their lean counterparts.

As reported by AFP with reference to the journal Neurobiology of Ageing on Thursday, overweight people at the age of around 40 had brains that seemed to be around 50 years old, and as they aged further, the decade-gap appeared to remain.

“As our brains age, they naturally shrink in size,” said Lisa Ronan, a scientist in the department of psychiatry at the University of …

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Nine sleep myths debunked

admin March 12, 2018 0

Researchers say a human's body clock changes throughout their life and is affected by several factors, such as getting enough sunlight and genetics.  (Shutterstock/File)

Sleep is essential for our health as it allows our body to regain its immunity, balances our hormone levels, decreases our blood pressure and cleans toxins from our brain, among others.

There is research and studies that explore sleep, but you will be surprised to find many news or notions that you’ve heard to be merely a myth.

Below are several of those myths about sleep that are untrue as compiled by kompas.com:

1. You can strive to become a morning person

The matter of becoming a morning person is actually more complex than it seems as there are several factors that affect a person’s chronotype, which relates to the tendency of someone to ….

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Stubborn people tend to live longer, says study

admin March 9, 2018 0

According to a joint study by researchers from University of Rome La Sapienza in Italy and University of California San Diego School, those who possess qualities of positivity and stubbornness and who have a conscientious work ethic lived far longer than their counterparts. (Shutterstock/File)

Stubbornness is oftentimes the cause of conflict among work peers, but the trait could actually help individuals prolong their lives.

According to a joint study by researchers from University of Rome La Sapienza in Italy and University of California San Diego School, those who possess qualities of positivity and stubbornness and who have a conscientious work ethic lived far longer than their counterparts.

Studying the mental and physical health levels of Italians subjects between the ages of 90 and 101, the group discovered that the elderly participants all carried the same traits and …

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Aromas, music help reduce stress in workplaces

admin March 5, 2018 0

Experts say having green plants and pleasant aromas in the workplace reduces stress. (Shutterstock/-)

The lemon scent wafting from an aroma diffuser and the sight of green plants greet employees when they arrive for work at Mitsui Designtec Co., a Tokyo-based interior design company. The effect of the aroma diffuser and potted plants, placed by the window or on top of round tables, helps relieve the stress of employees.

Some say they feel “as if they’re working in a garden”.

Efforts to improve working environments through pleasant aromas or background music are spreading among companies, so employees can relax and concentrate on their tasks. The implementation of stress checks (see below), which became mandatory in December 2015,

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Three health issues desk job workers must watch out for

admin February 26, 2018 0

Sitting for long hours in front of the computer can affect your posture, causing muscular and skeletal problems such as back and neck pain. (Shutterstock/File)

Working in an air-conditioned office and sitting comfortably at a desk may seem like the ideal working conditions. The job may come with considerably lower health risks than jobs such as working in a factory or in construction.

However, it does not necessarily mean office workers are completely safe from occupational health risks.

Kompas.com has compiled a list of three health problems office employees working desk jobs are vulnerable to.

Muscle and bone structure problems

Sitting for long hours in front of the computer can affect your posture, causing muscular and skeletal problems such as back and neck pain.

The body is designed to be active, according to kompas.com. When you are walking, for example, the abdominal muscles work to support the body to stand in an erect posture. The muscles don’t work as much when you are sitting down, which can lead to them becoming …

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