Trying too hard for career happiness may lead to job dissatisfaction

It may sound counter-intuitive to say that searching for happiness and pursuing one's life dream in the workplace only leads to further dissatisfaction, but a recent study, published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, suggests exactly that, MSNBC reports.

"People who are striving to pursue happiness have a need to maximize their happiness, and those people are the ones who actually feel less happy and more disappointed," June Gruber, the co-author of the study wrote in the report.

Gruber states that there is an "obsessive preoccupation" with being happy in a career, which most likely is contributing to society's high rate of job dissatisfaction, according to the news source.

The report explores the notion that while happiness is absolutely necessary in some respects – such as its ability to "facilitate the pursuit of important goals," its importance in social bonds, its ability to broaden attention spans and its proven record of improving overall health – it could possibly have a negative side as well.

The authors outlined four questions that may shed light on whether or not the continual pursuit of workplace happiness is really beneficial. The study inquires about the degree of happiness one should strive for, the time, place and appropriateness of happiness, wrong ways to pursue it and wrong types of happiness. Answering these questions is a personal responsibility that may lead to a deeper awareness of the occupational problem at hand.

According to Psychologist Simon Rego, focusing too hard on career happiness leaves you absent from the present moment, invariably leading you to push what you want further away, MSNBC stated.

Gruber concludes the report with a comparison of happiness to food, stating that food, of course, is necessary, but there is a limit to what foods are good and appropriate.

People with a life dream in CLS may have accredited opportunities

Many people seeking brain education opportunities look to programs that are accredited in order to ensure they are receiving the highest curriculum quality possible.

DeVry University announced that it earned initial accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) for its bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory sciences (CLS). What makes this move significant is that DeVry University will now be the only school in the state of Arizona to offer an NAACLS-accredited bachelor's program in CLS.

While this is promising for people who are looking to get into the field, this is also good news to those who work in laboratories around the area, as there could be a greater instance of qualified individuals applying for a job upon graduation.

"The state of Arizona undeniably faces an immediate and critical shortage of skilled and appropriately-credentialed laboratory science professionals," said Sherry Gamble, microbiology manager at Maricopa Medical Center. "Those of us who run medical labs should be encouraged by DeVry University's commitment to a program that meets NAACLS standards."

Positive people feel more satisfied, study finds

Ilchi Lee has long said that keeping a positive attitude in the face of adversity is the key to achieving personal success. It is the most effective way for a person to overcome the obstacles in their daily lives and attain their life dreams.

Now, a new study out of Kent University in the UK has confirmed these benefits. The researchers found that participants who looked for the positive aspects of stressful events and used humor to cope with stress felt more satisfied and fulfilled at the end of each day.

For the study, researchers asked 149 participants to keep a daily diary of the things that made them feel stressed, how they dealt with these issues and how satisfied they were at the end of the day. The results showed that positive people were much happier with their lives.

The results may not be that surprising given the number of motivational stories Lee has about triumphing over adversity by keeping a positive attitude. Negativity and anxiety only serve to slow a person down. However, with positivity, hope and trust in one's self, there is no limit to what a person can achieve in their life.

People have opportunity for brain education with new MBA program

Many people have a dream of pursuing a higher degree so they can achieve a sense of mastery in their fields. However, developmental opportunities like Brain Education are not easily pursued as some individuals could have busy schedules that leave little room for class.

This problem is why more colleges are releasing online degree programs in order to help the working professional who wants to pursue a higher certification. According to Los Angeles Business, Touro University announced that it has begun a new online master’s of business administration (MBA) program that will be available completely online.

The new program will focus on media in the workplace, which school officials believe can be a valuable lesson to those who frequently work with technology and evolving media.

“Today the so-called ‘new’ media are more influential than ever, living as we do in an ‘always-on’ world,” said Gregory Zerovnik, director of business programs at Touro. “That’s why we have developed an MBA degree that focuses on understanding these effects and how to deal with them more effectively.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for someone with a master’s degree is 1.4 percentage points lower than someone with a bachelor’s degree.

Thousands of people meet their life dream at commencement ceremony

Many individuals believe that Ilchi Lee’s teachings of brain education should be a way to live their lives. In that sense, they frequently look for programs where they can challenge their minds to lead to further opportunities.

As a result, more people are choosing to go back to school in order to advance their degrees. The Florida Institute of Technology recently announced that more than 1,100 individuals received degrees during the Spring 2011 commencement ceremony.

More than 100 of those degrees were from students who were studying fully-online. Multiple students are looking for a curriculum that will allow them to work at the same time, a number of people are choosing virtual programs.

Students who received their degrees were happy to meet their life goals, many of whom had worked for years to reach the certification.

“It has allowed me to obtain a new position and a promotion in a field I never dreamed of,” said graduate Teresa Hines. “Most importantly, I have met some amazing people from the staff, professors and classmates who have already made a difference in my life.”

Those pursuing a life dream in childcare may get help from new CCEI program

Some individuals have a life dream of working with children, as they may want the opportunity to shape other’s lives for the better. However, while professionals in the childcare industry are needed, it is important that these individuals continually stretch their knowledge so they may provide the best possible guidance to the young minds.

The ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), which provides distance learning opportunities to those in the childcare industry, announced that it will offer a new course that talks about the sustainable practices within the sector.

As sustainability is an important part of today’s world, early childhood educators may find this kind of course important, particularly when they are setting up a teaching environment for the students.

“CCEI has introduced this second eco-friendly course to offer care providers the resources to create safe, healthy, sustainable environments for young children,” said Maria C. Taylor, president and CEO of the company. “Positively impacting the environment affects overall wellness for current and future generations.”

Woman completes life dream at age 84

Many people believe that a higher education is a way toward personal growth. However, there are several issues that can often hinder this progress, ultimately putting a wrench in one’s plans.

Some individuals put off a higher education until a later date, but this does not mean that they are deterred. Evelyn Malzberg recently fulfilled her dream of becoming a college graduate, as she walked across the platform at the commencement ceremony for New Jersey City University, according to the Star Ledger.

Malzberg, who is a great grandmother, is the oldest individual to receive a degree from the school at 84 years old. She noted that it was her mother who pushed her to get married rather than pursue an education after she graduated high school in the 1940’s.

“College was something I always wanted to do,” she told the news provider. “But my mother told me to get married and no man would ever want to marry someone smarter than he is.”

CBS New York reports that Malzberg began taking one course a semester when she was in her 50’s, as she was determined to complete her degree. She plans to volunteer at her alma mater to help others who are struggling with their workload.

Sublime's What I Got meditates on value of love

One of reggae-punk band Sublime’s biggest hits is What I Got, a melody with a soothing acoustic guitar and a musical accompaniment that is stripped to the bare minimum. In a sense, this details the meaning of the song – that love has the ultimate value and is a key to achieving one’s life dream.

“Life is too short so love the one you got / cause you might get runover or you might get shot,” singer Bradley Nowell says in an honest, plain voice. “Take a small example / A tip from me take all of your money and give it up to charity / Lovin’s what I got.”

What I Got was Sublime’s biggest radio hit and became one of the most popular songs of 1996, reigning number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks from October 26 to November 9. The single clearly resonated with listeners for its message that love trumps material objects, a core line of thought in many meditation exercises.

The song was ranked #83 on Rolling Stones’ 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time for its simple yet catchy melody.

“[Nowell’s] bluesy acoustic solo lasts mere seconds, but its singalong syncopation makes it one of the Nineties’ most unforgettable hooks,” the publication writes.