10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Incredibly Happy

Some food for thought to go with my morning cup of coffee. I’ve decided to take a class with my girlfriends so we can see each other on a regular basis and do a fun activity together. I think that’s something you take for granted when you’re in college. After graduation, friends disperse all over the world, and life just gets busier. But, I truly believe positive friendships are worth cultivating, and that means putting in the time and effort to see them. Let the social time begin!

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It’s easy to think of happiness as a result, but happiness is also a driver.

One example: While I’m definitely into finding ways to improve personal productivity (whether a one-day burstor a lifetime, or things you should not do every day), probably the best way to be more productive is to just be happier. Happy people accomplish more.

Easier said than done though, right?

Actually, many changes are easy. Here are 10 science-based ways to be happier from Belle Beth Cooper, Content Crafter at Buffer, the social media management tool that lets you schedule, automate, and analyze social media updates.

Here’s Beth:

1. Exercise: 7 Minutes Could Be Enough

Think exercise is something you don’t…

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Leading Ladies at Social Media Week LA

It was Entertainment Day at Social Media Week LA, with sessions covering topics such as music, television and film. One of my favorite sessions was the Power Women in Entertainment Roundtable with Jesse Draper (Valley Girl, Inc.), Sarah Penna (Big Frame), Rachael McLean (JuntoBox Films) and Govindini Murty (Libertas Film Magazine). Each of the women was asked to discuss their experiences with the “glass ceiling” in their respective careers. They talked about the double standard of very vocal men being deemed ambitious and powerful, while women who do the same are considered bitchy.

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My favorite response to this came from independent journalist Govindini Murty, which was: Who cares? Her message to women in power positions was that as long as you get the results you want, it doesn’t matter what others say. Prejudice characterizations, based on race, gender or something else, are used as an attempt to silence competition.

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The Guide to Getting Noticed by Tech Influencers

…or at least not getting deleted instantly.

One Social Media Week LA session I attended had tech reporters from VentureBeat, Mashable, LA Business Journal and the Los Angeles Times discuss the LA startup scene and how nobody else is Silicon Valley but it doesn’t matter because every place is special in its own way (cue hopeful fuzzies). The conversation lead to how to get their attention (they get several pitches a day), and they each vented their pet peeves.

Tech + Media Roundtable: What Influences the Influencers?

Tech + Media Roundtable: What Influences the Influencers?

Here’s a list I compiled on what business owners should do when trying to reach these tech influencers: Continue reading

A Day at Social Media Week LA

It’s always fun to disrupt business as usual and get away from the office for the day. I was able to attend Social Media Week LA (yay professional development!) today and check out the talks they lined up on various business/marketing topics. Having never attended a Social Media Week event before, I thought its organization was pretty unique. Sometimes I help out at events for work, so I kind of geek out over event management, planning, guest flow and details.

All of the free sessions take place in one room, and all of the VIP master classes take place in another. For the entire day! And there isn’t much time in between sessions, so it’s just a constant stream of scheduled people. I guess that easy access works for the Millennial crowd; they’re able to sit in and listen to who they want whenever they want—all while having their face pressed to a glowing screen. Note: I am considered a Millennial. But I like moving around a little and appreciate scheduled lunch breaks. Speaking of, the Santa Monica Library Café serves some tasty lunches! Thanks for the yummy veggie wrap, guys!

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The first chat I attended featured Vanity Fair editor Krista Smith and CEO of Rachel Zoe Inc. Rodger Berman, who had some interesting insights on building a fashion brand. Continue reading