In this issue of The Brilliant Report: Finding meaning in your job (even if you don't work for a nonprofit); identifying the roles you take on in groups; and examining the meaning of gendered preferences among children.
How to find meaning at work

Despite the long hours and low pay, people who work at nonprofit organizations are happier than those who work in the private sector. That's in part because they're readily able to find meaning in their work. But people in all different kinds of fields can follow their lead, using a technique developed by Penn psychology professor Adam Grant, author of the books Give and Take and Originals.

So explains my most-read and most-tweeted post this week; other posts looked at the roles (both constructive and destructive) that we play in groups, and at gender stereotypes among children. Which do you find most interesting?

Why You'd Be Happier If You Worked at a Nonprofit
Compared to people who work in the private sector, workers at nonprofit organizations tend to be much happier with their lives and more satisfied with their jobs, according to a new study. If this finding isn’t too surprising, that’s because we intuitively recognize what academic research has confirmed:  people who find meaning in their work are happier, as well as more motivated and persistent. Such meaning  derives most powerfully from a sense that one is helping other people. Interestingly, research also shows that employees in all kinds of fields can be helped to see that their work contributes to others’ welfare: [READ MORE HERE]

What Role Do You Play in a Group?
Working in groups is often challenging, but having some self-awareness can help. Here's an exercise intended to raise your self-awareness about the roles you take on in groups. Give it a try; I think you’ll recognize examples of your own behavior and the behavior of your colleagues. From the following list, choose the constructive group behavior and the destructive group behavior that you tend to engage in most often: [READ MORE HERE]

What To Think About Kids and Gender Stereotypes
Boys like trucks, and girls like dolls—displaying gender-typical toy preferences before they’re even old enough to know what gender is, according to a new study. So that settles it, right? Stereotypically male and female preferences and behaviors are “hard-wired” in us from an early age. Not so fast: [READ MORE HERE]

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