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American culture encourages gregariousness and socializing, and being an extrovert makes going to parties and striking up conversations with strangers nearly effortless. But when you're the type of person who goes out more often than you stay in, you realize that there's a cost to being an extrovert. When I lost my job, I had to learn to balance spending as little money as possible with accepting that socializing and stimulation is essential for me to function.
A recent report by a global HR services company called Randstad found that Singaporeans are the unhappiest employees in Asia despite having a low unemployment rate of 1.9 percent. The Wall Street Journal talked to local employers there and listed five things that could make workers happier, including making sure they don't continue working when they walk out the door.
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My heart says fellowship, but my brain says job; I'm afraid that when I come back from the year abroad, my resume will seem out of date and I'll have to settle for underpaid admin work instead of this foothold into corporate management.
What's it like to get a bunch of job offers?
This resonated particularly with me because talking about money is often about repetition. We talk about saving, paying off debt, retirement, living within our means—and yet it is the repetition of this conversation that perhaps makes it more effective.
Do you find yourself more productive on days when the weather is awful (like today, in this city, where there is freezing rain and falling icicles and awnings)? Bloomberg Businessweek says the answer is likely yes because we're more focused and less distracted about what we could be doing outside of work. One thing that may distract us though: mice. The article notes that mouse trap sales increase "by 25 percent for every one-degree drop in temperature" as critters take refuge from the cold and hide in our homes.