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1-Minute Strategies: May ’14

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Go ahead, skip lunch, but only if you want to be less creative, less productive and more stressed out on the job. An OfficeTeam study suggests taking a 30- to 45-minute lunch break away from your desk can help you do better at work. “We advocate eating low-carb, high-natural-fat foods that help maintain blood sugar levels and minimize stress,” says Dr. John Salerno, director of The Salerno Center for Com­­ple­­men­­tary Medicine.

Improve your relationships by practicing mindfulness. Medi­­tation has been proven to reduce cortisol levels, blood pressure, social anxiety and depression, but it won’t make you less of a jerk. The practice of mindfulness, on the other hand, can help improve your relationships with others. Mind­­ful­­ness in­­volves learning to watch your thoughts and feelings arise and pass without reacting to them.

Develop a growth mindset to improve your chance of success. People with “fixed” mindsets believe they have a set level of abilities, intelligence and talent to work with in their lives, while people with “growth” mindsets believe they can work to improve and grow. Research shows that people achieve greater levels of success when they believe they can do ­better through hard work and persistence.

Good news: Texting isn’t de­­stroy­­ing the English language, say Australian researchers. After reading 303 final-exam papers written by Australian undergraduates, researchers found that young adults can vary the formality of their writing and keep text-speak out of efforts such as class assignments and tests.

Liberal arts degrees may not be a path to poverty after all. Humanities and social sciences graduates may not make a lot of money early in their careers, but they catch up to other majors later in life, according to the Association of American Col­l­eges and Universities. Liberal arts graduates have a median salary of $25,986 from ages 21 to 25, but by ages 56 to 60, they’ll make a median annual salary of $54,985.

Fight stress with science.
  1. Sit in a powerful position.
  2. Declutter your workplace.
  3. Shut out distractions.

— Adapted from “5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Reduce Stress at Work," Time.


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