1. It wouldn’t be January if we didn’t start off by talking about reaching our goals. Thanks to psychology, we not only know exactly where we fail when setting our goals but also how to tweak them for the most success. Pro tip: It’s more than just making those goals specific, measurable and attainable. (https://qz.com/875517/new-psychology-research-identifies-exactly-where-most-people-fail-when-setting-big-personal-goals/)
2. If you’re one of the thousands of frustrated adults out there who is searching for their passion and just can’t seem to find it, we have some good news for you. Check out Angela Duckworth’s interview on Forbes to discover how to develop this elusive passion. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/danschawbel/2017/01/09/angela-duckworth-a-passion-is-developed-more-than-it-is-discovered/#8dd58de1693b)
3. New research has come out showing that busyness has replaced leisure as the new status symbol. Now if only we could figure out how to make naps a status symbol. (https://qz.com/864373/americans-think-busyness-signals-high-social-status/)
4. And in some crazy news that has been all over the wire this week. Research has shown that undergoing mental health treatment can actually change your personality. For the better, of course. (http://psychcentral.com/news/2017/01/08/mental-health-treatment-tends-to-reduce-neuroticism/114827.html)
5. It was a slow news week in psychology, so we had to look back for our fifth article, but we think you’ll still like it. Just in case you were wondering if you’re coworker or neighbor is a psychopath, we’ve got just the article for you. Pro tip: Try yawning around them. (http://www.spring.org.uk/2016/10/6-signs-psychopath.php)
Until next week!