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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

Jen Hubley Luckwaldt writes about work-life balance, stress management, and other topics relating to what makes us happy at work. A full-time freelancer, she deals with stress by blurring the lines between life and work to the point where the two spheres are barely separate. The happiest day of her career was when scientists proved that looking at pictures of cute animals makes us more productive.

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Most Recent Posts by Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
  • Low Stress, High Pay? These 3 Low-Pressure Jobs Can Pay $70k or More per Year

    It's common to think of stress and pay as a tradeoff. For example, surgeons and air traffic controllers pull down the big bucks because their work is not only beneficial to society, but potentially tough on the cortisol levels of the job-holder. We don't care how good you are at managing stress: if your job involves rebuilding the human body or landing several tons of steel and jet fuel, you're going to feel the pressure. But not every high-paying gig demands such sacrifices.

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  • 7 Ways to Facilitate Change at Work

    Most people aren't crazy about change, especially at work. If you like how your company does things, any alteration seems like a potential for disaster; if you don't, well, any situation can always get worse. Add in the unstable economic environment of the past couple of years, and it's no wonder that managers struggle to convince their reports to give change a chance.

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  • Here's What Is Stressing Out Americans

    Sometimes, it's the little things that get you. A recent survey from NPR, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health finds that while health problems and work upheaval are the biggest causes of stress for most people on a long-term basis, daily stressors like juggling family schedules and commuting to work also have an effect on our perception of stress and its impact on our lives.

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  • PayScale at SXSW: Vote to Find Out How to Get the Career of Your Dreams

    Over the past few years, South by Southwest has grown from a music festival into a multi-disciplinary cultural event. Whatever you're interested in -- film, education, the environment, or emerging technologies -- you can bet there's an upcoming panel devoted to innovations that will change that field. This year, PayScale has two panels up for consideration, both focusing on how education and training can help you get the job you want and money you deserve.

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  • Avoid These 3 Career Change Mistakes

    Very few people end their working life in the same career they started off in, when they took their very first job out of school. The good news is that this means there's less social pressure to stay on a path that's no longer satisfying. The bad news, of course, is that change is never easy. Here's what to avoid, if you're thinking of making the leap.

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  • Top 10 Careers of the Future [infographic]

    When you think about futuristic jobs, you probably think of something along the lines of robot scientist (which could mean either a scientist who builds robots, or a scientist who is a robot -- either might apply). But the real jobs of the future probably look a bit more familiar.

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  • The Dude Abides: 3 Career Tips From Jeff Bridges' Reddit AMA

    The Big Lebowski has built up quite a cult following in the past 16 years. There's even an internet religion based on the film's central character, the Dude. (Central tenet of Dudeism: "The idea is this: Life is short and complicated and nobody knows what to do about it. So don’t do anything about it. Just take it easy, man.") If it seems strange, then, to turn to Jeff Bridges, the actor who embodied the Dude in all his Dudeness, for career advice, all we have to say is: "Yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man."

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  • 3 Ways to Get Ahead at Work

    The economy may be recovering, but that doesn't mean that workers are swimming in raises and promotions. If you want to move forward in your career, you'll have to get creative and make opportunities for yourself. Here are a few things to do, daily, weekly, and monthly, to build professional relationships and lay the foundation for a better career.

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  • 5 Reasons to Wake Up Earlier (and 2 Reasons to Skip It)

    Could you wake up two hours earlier every day? Rachel Gillett at Fast Company tried it for a week, rising at 6:30 a.m. and tallying up the ways in which it improved her productivity and happiness, both in her personal life and at work -- plus, a few of the challenges involved in resetting her daily clock.

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  • This Job Exists: Professional Writer for Tinder, OKCupid Profiles

    If you have a way with words and yen to help other people make their romantic dreams come true, one Chicago company has the job for you. Virtual Dating Assistants is hiring creative writers to "woo women" on popular dating sites and apps.

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