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While education and experience are critical for the working scientist, there is another factor that makes all the difference in the lab: happy people are more productive. Yours is a serious mission, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy carrying out that mission. Your well being impacts both your work and your career. Each episode of The Happy Scientist dials in on hands on, actionable steps you can take to make sure you stay happy, focused and satisfied in the lab. Join us to experience a more fulfilling career in bioscience.

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While education and experience are critical for the working scientist, there is another factor that makes all the difference in the lab: happy people are more productive. Yours is a serious mission, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy carrying out that mission. Your well being impacts both your work and your career. Each episode of The Happy Scientist dials in on hands on, actionable steps you can take to make sure you stay happy, focused and satisfied in the lab. Join us to experience a more fulfilling career in bioscience.

    Why Keeping Your Options Open Is Holding You Back

    Why Keeping Your Options Open Is Holding You Back

    #72 — Freedom is not having lots of options—it's choosing between them.
    You are free to choose.
    Now think about that in the context of your research project and career. Are there any decisions you would approach differently? Is there anything you tend to avoid because you worry it will limit your options in the future?
    You might worry that specializing in a specific technique or instrument makes you less widely employable. Or you might worry about the consequences of taking projects in the same institute for a long time compared to what you might achieve if you move from project to project and country to country.
    In this episode of The Happy Scientist, explore why making decisions that keep the maximum number of options open to you doesn't necessarily mean they are the best decisions. 
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    • 36 min
    From Scientific Rigor to Mindful Vigor: Tara Nylese's Path to Well-Being

    From Scientific Rigor to Mindful Vigor: Tara Nylese's Path to Well-Being

    #71 — Tara Nylese was a career scientist and formerly a Regional Market Development Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific.
    She left her Market Development Manager job to focus on other workplace wellness activities, and launched her book, Mindfulness in Everyday Life, which hit the #1 Best-selling new release in Business Health & Stress on Amazon.
    She is passionate about mental and emotional well-being at work and is certified in Applied Positive Psychology and as a Meditation Instructor. Tara strives to bring mindfulness out of the yoga studio and into everyday life.
    In this episode of The Happy Scientist, Tara joins Ken Vogt to talk about her new book, mediation strategies to boost your cognitive abilities and the measurable benefits of optimism on your work, life, and physical health.
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    • 41 min
    Urgency. How to Keep it From Ruining Your Day, Project, and Career

    Urgency. How to Keep it From Ruining Your Day, Project, and Career

    #70 — Academia can seem like nothing but deadlines.
    Experiments, people, reports, and objectives compete for our immediate attention. Sometimes, rightly so.
    But you can't physically do everything at once.
    And when rushing becomes the rule rather than the exception, all your well-reasoned priorities can be totally derailed, leaving you feeling like you are always playing catch-up.
    Plus, rushing usually has a negative impact on the quality of your work.
    So what steps can you take to stop urgency from becoming your default work mode? How can you deal with people putting urgency on you? And can you tell false urgency from things that genuinely need doing quickly?
    In this episode of The Happy Scientist, we explore how to reduce the sense of urgency and alarmism in your work to get a clearer sense of your priorities, build sustainable working habits—and deal with legitimately urgent matters when they occur.
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    • 39 min
    How to Deal With Challenging People In Your Lab (and Beyond)

    How to Deal With Challenging People In Your Lab (and Beyond)

    #69 — Challenging people. You get them everywhere. Your lab—and beyond.
    There's the one who block-books instruments for two weeks straight. There's the one who barely shows up and seems to get by doing far less work than you. There are data thieves and god complexes, post-it note warriors, and everything in between.
    Heck, labs can be real frontier towns.
    Some challenging people might be irritating fellow scientists, which you can mostly avoid. Others are so colossally awful that they make you dread going into the lab. And if your role forces you to work closely with such a person, for example, if they are your manager or sponsor, they can take a massive toll on your mental health.
    In this episode of The Happy Scientist, we'll explore strategies to deal effectively with challenging people. They will help you manage challenging relationships and chronically awkward encounters. Plus, they are scalable, meaning you can apply them beyond your lab for a consistently happier outlook, enhanced personal growth, and improved resilience.
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    How to Earn Respect In Your Lab, and In Your Field

    How to Earn Respect In Your Lab, and In Your Field

    #68 — Respect is an interesting measure of a career. We all know colleagues we respect personally, or professionally, or intellectually. Sometimes one person captures more than one or even all of these measures. In fact, they can feed each other in an upward spiral. Here we will consider the micro and the macro ways to expand our respectability.
    We'll also explore how you can cultivate respect—on multiple levels—and how it enables enduring professional connections.
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    • 45 min
    How to Motivate Yourself In Scientific Research

    How to Motivate Yourself In Scientific Research

    #67 — Staying motivated while doing research is hard! It can be repetitive, with bouts of frequent failure and some complete dead ends.
    But your research is beneficial and does matter—even if you're momentarily struggling to see the bigger picture—so it's critical to have an arsenal of ways to stay motivated when times get rough.
    In this episode of The Happy Scientist, we explore some habits and techniques you can adopt to keep the flame burning.
    Whether you face demanding research hurdles or need to reignite your passion, this session offers strategies to keep you motivated and driven.
    Watch or Listen to all episodes of The Happy Scientist podcast here: https://thehappyscientist.bitesizebio.com

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    • 48 min

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