Put on a happy face? “Deep acting” associated with improved work life

New research suggests you can't fake your emotional state to improve your work life — you have to feel it.

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  • Deep acting is the work strategy of regulating your emotions to match a desired state.
  • New research suggests that deep acting reduces fatigue, improves trust, and advances goal progress over other regulation strategies.
  • Further research suggests learning to attune our emotions for deep acting is a beneficial work-life strategy.
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    Habits: How to be successful every day

    Habits are easier to hack and change when you understand how they work.

    • Habits, both good and bad, are pre-made decisions that make up around 40 percent of our day and require no real conscious thought. In order to regain control, resist environmental temptations, and reduce your bad habits, it helps to understand the three parts of a habit loop: the cue (or trigger), the behavior itself, and the reward.
    • Gretchen Rubin, Dan Ariely, Charles Duhigg, Adam Alter, and others explain how you can successfully hack your habits by shifting away from goal-based achievement markers to system-based processes; learning the difference between rewards and treats; and thinking less about immediate gains and more about long-term benefits.
    • Regardless of what some people might try to sell you, there is no "magic answer" when it comes to changing habits, says Rubin. You have to find what works best for you.
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    Does scent motivate your workouts? The answer could be yes

    Mice will even run on a wheel in nature. Pheromones help inspire that behavior.

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    • University of California, Riverside researchers discovered a link between scent and fitness motivation in mice.
    • The vomeronasal organ is activated by the smell of pheromones, influencing sexual behavior and cardiovascular activity.
    • While there's no proof the same connection exists in humans, at least one elite athlete believes a link exists.
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    'Mindful' people are better goal-setters according to new research

    Aligning your goals with deeply held values produces better results—in your career and life.

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    • Self-concordant individuals set goals in alignment with their beliefs and values, according to new research.
    • Internal motivations score higher than external influences, such as money or fear of shame.
    • Mindful individuals achieve more satisfaction, as their goals align with their authentic selves.
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    Study helps explain why motivation to learn declines with age

    Research suggests that aging affects a brain circuit critical for learning and decision-making.

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    As people age, they often lose their motivation to learn new things or engage in everyday activities. In a study of mice, MIT neuroscientists have now identified a brain circuit that is critical for maintaining this kind of motivation.

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