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How to Create Mattering at Work

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Last month, the U.S. Surgeon General named “mattering at work” a top priority for improving mental health. The announcement reaffirms what we’ve known for many years: Mattering and well-being are inseparable, especially where humans spend 35% of their waking lives. The official call to prioritize mattering at work is the culmination of several conspiring forces … Read more

How to Ask More Meaningful Questions

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Every day I picked my preschooler up from school and asked him the same question: “Hey, what did you do today?” Every day I got the same response: Silence. As a researcher, I’ve learned that the quality of the answers we get is usually proportionate to the quality of the questions we ask. I acknowledged … Read more

The Science of Mattering: Why Feeling Significant Is So Significant

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Think about the first time you realized you mattered. What happened? How did you feel? Chances are your moment of mattering impacted and moved you. Most likely, you felt important because of what someone else said or did. Feeling significant is a basic human desire and a critical factor for mental, emotional, and physical well-being in life, school, and … Read more