research studies

You Are Your Clothes

You Are Your Clothes

Unless we wear a uniform, one choice we make is the outfit we are going to wear to work. Some of us work from home in pajamas, others wear a crisp suit, and still others are somewhere in between.

Researchers Galinsky and Hajo studied what they call “enclothed cognition”, where those who wore a doctor’s coat (as opposed to painter’s coat or no coat) actually performed better in attention tasks, showing that the symbolic meaning of the clothing plus the physical experience of wearing it had an effect on participants (Hajo & Galinsky, 2012).

Fidget While You Work

Fidget While You Work

Let’s face it. Sitting for hours on end can be a real drag. We sit while commuting, in meetings, completing timely work projects, and binge-watching our favourite television show. It is undoubtedly one of the greatest downfalls of our modern life. Does fidgeting help? Read on to find out more! 

A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit

A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit

You would think that breaking a habit entails blocking out your inner desires, obsessions, and sensations towards engaging in it, but what if drawing attention to these attributes can help you beat your next urge? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer, who studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction has discovered a simple, yet profound tactic that might help you conquer your next desire to smoke, snack, or check your texts during a board meeting. 

The Coffee Debate: Is caffeine good or bad for your mental health?

The Coffee Debate: Is caffeine good or bad for your mental health?

Do you like to start your day off without a nice, warm cup(s) of coffee or grande latte each morning? There are many controversies regarding caffeine and its risks and benefits. In this post I turned to the literature to provide an evidence-based understanding of caffeine’s effects on mental health. Coffee is a highly consumed beverage and due to it’s mildly addictive properties, it is hard to resist! Caffeine is the most popular and widely available drug in the world, thus it is an important topic to discuss.

Workplace Wellness: What We Can Learn From Google Inc.

Workplace Wellness: What We Can Learn From Google Inc.

If you have seen the movie The Internship, Google Inc. would seem like the dream workplace for you! Truth be told, the film is not far off from reality as the tech giant has been awarded the number one spot in Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work for three consecutive years.  Find out why Google Inc. is at the pinnacle of workplace wellness!

Walk your way to success: Why walking meetings are better than sitting meetings

Walk your way to success: Why walking meetings are better than sitting meetings

It is only a recent idea that we are supposed to meet around long mahogany-coloured tables, seated in our fancy Herman Miller chairs. However, the problem remains that Canadian adults are now spending about three quarters of their time being sedentary....