Let’s face it: Life can be full of frustrations. How can you change your mood when you’ve started your day off on the wrong foot? How do you stop annoyances from dragging you down and killing your productivity? The good news is you can turn a bad day into a good one. “Happiness is a…

When you’re trying to convey the quality of your mind to your boss, or to a company that’s considering you for a job, your best ally may be your own voice. We discovered this through a series of experiments. One of them consisted of asking each of 18 MBA students in the middle of recruiting…

When your unhappiness affects your productivity and that of those around you, it’s time to reassess how you are living your life. Carl was unhappy and had been for a long time. He was unhappy with his work, his life, the world, and, most of all, with himself. He always focused on what was wrong,…

When you transition from team member to manager, you aren’t just moving to a higher league; you’re playing in an entirely new game. How do you avoid mistakes? By embracing your rookie status. My research team and I did an extensive study of how inexperienced professionals perform relative to their experienced counterparts. We found that…

Stress exists in every workplace, and all of us have probably tried a few trendy stress-management approaches. But rather than trying the latest fad, it may be more effective to understand how stress works and where it comes from, so that you can create your own methods for dealing with it. Stress is an emotional…

A few years ago, a colleague I’ll call “George” leaned in confidentially to tell me, “Take on a high-profile, low-stakes administrative task, then royally mess it up. They’ll never ask you to do anything like that again.” As a fellow law professor, George thought he was sharing his secret formula for writing scholarly books and…