Month: September 2010

Power Often Changes People For The Worse

A set of research studies recently reported in the Wall Street Journal found that nice people–people who are polite, honest, outgoing and compassionate–were more likely to rise to positions of power in the organizations they worked for.  These findings held true for corporations, the military and politics.  It turns out that people bestow authority on…

Happiness And Unhappiness Spread Like Infectious Diseases

Rachael Bernstein of the Los Angeles Times recently reported on the results of a long term study conducted by researchers at Harvard University and MIT.  One of the things the study found was a strong connection between an individual’s emotional state–whether they were happy or unhappy–and the emotional states of the people they had contact with.  This…