Cats prefer free meals over working for food

Unlike most animals, cats will usually choose a free lunch over having to complete a task to get their food, researchers say.

Andy Fell-UC Davis • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: food pets motivation cats featured science-and-technology

To find success, practice a strategic mindset

Experiments indicate that the learnable strategic mindset gets people where they want to go.

National University of Singapore • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: goals motivation society-and-culture strategy

More people pedal to work in bike-share cities

More people bike to work in cities with bike-share systems, a new study shows. But convenience is key.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cities travel jobs motivation transportation society-and-culture

Extra money helps folks with opioid addiction stay sober longer

Poverty may boost the risk of relapse for people recovering from opioid addiction. A little money can help them stay sober—and get and keep a job, too.

Vanessa McMains-Johns Hopkins • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: addiction opioids money motivation health-and-medicine relapse

Working from home? Here are five ways to reduce procrastination and be productive

Rehearse how you will respond to interruptions.

Fuschia Sirois, Reader in Health Psychology, University of Sheffield • conversation
March 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  psychology  coronavirus-2020  working-from-home  motivation  procrastination

ADHD medications focus the brain on a task’s benefits

Rather than simply boost ability to pay attention, ADHD medications work by focusing the brain on the rewards completing tasks will bring.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
March 19, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: attention brains motivation featured health-and-medicine medications attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd

How hope can keep you healthier and happier

Hope can be acquired. How? Here are some suggestions from an expert.

Everett Worthington, Emeritus Commonwealth Professor of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University • conversation
March 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  depression  anxiety  aging  motivation  hope  forgiveness  heroes  social-support  willpower  positive-thinking

Hard-working scientists are better role models than ‘natural geniuses’

Scientists who worked hard through struggles are more motivating as role models than scientists who people see as naturally brilliant, researchers say.

Katie Bohn-Penn State • futurity
March 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: history motivation scientists society-and-culture stem-careers

Emotionally intelligent bosses can bring out your creativity

Bosses with high emotional intelligence make their workers feel happier and more creative, researchers say.

Yale • futurity
March 11, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: jobs motivation emotions featured society-and-culture social-lives managers creativity

Hard-working scientists are better role models than ‘natural geniuses’

Scientists who worked hard through struggles are more motivating as role models than scientists who people see as naturally brilliant, researchers say.

Katie Bohn-Penn State • futurity
March 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: history motivation scientists society-and-culture stem-careers

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