Last Updated on 21st April 2014
We love a good cup of tea. We challenge you to find a British girl who doesn’t. And we also love surfing the net for fun and interesting stories when we’re having a well-deserved break from work. So imagine our delight when we learnt that our two favourite things – tea and reading – were coming together in an epic we-can’t-believe-this-hasn’t-been-done-before collaboration.
Twinings Infusions has teamed up with Huffington Post to create a content portal comprised of interesting articles aimed at 25-44 year olds. The content portal has been active since March 24th, and we can honestly say that we don’t know what we’ve done without it all these years – there are some great reads to enjoy over a hot cup of Twinings. We are well and truly hooked, and think the work and lifestyle articles that are published versatile enough to appeal to a diverse range of audience members within the age category specified above.
We’re lucky enough to enjoy coming into the office every day as our job lets us do what we love (talking about the fashion world and everyone/everything around it) while paying the bills at the same time, but we know that not everyone is in the same boat. We think the portal is a great way to help everyone love their work just that little bit more, while also encouraging us to switch off and maintain a good work/life balance too. Even people with the dream job need to switch off!
Despite us doing what we love every day, we’re still taking the comments on board and applying them to our daily work lives. The 10 Reasons Why It’s Good to Gossip at Work article was particularly interesting and informative – and what girl isn’t partial to a bit of gossiping?
The boys might have you believe that gossiping is bad, but in actual fact, the article states that “good gossip” is necessary for the good of humanity. This is something we can definitely get on board with, and you can too – especially if you work with a small group of people and interaction with your colleagues is key.
“A lot of gossip is driven by concern for others and has positive, social effects,” said Dr Robb Willer, co-author of The Virtues of Gossip. “We find that those who engage in this form of gossip are generally driven by sincere desires to help others,” he continued, before adding that it also eases frustration and makes people feel better if their gossip has a chance to help others at the same time, too. “More generous people are more likely to engage in this form of gossip.”
And there we were feeling guilty about our love of gossiping with the girls all these years! Where would we be without this portal, eh?
Another article which we particularly enjoyed while sipping on a hot and tasty cup of Twinings Infusions was the one entitled 10 Reasons These Are the Happiest Professions Ever. Before it lists the 10 greatest jobs in the world, the article talks about the small changes we can make to our current jobs, and why we are getting so stressed about the little things in life.
“Research suggests that when it comes to judging our own happiness, small changes can make a huge difference to our comfort levels. According to psychologists, there are many common factors that lead to everyday misery. For example, employees are surprisingly irritated by minor irritations, such as administration glitches. We prefer life to be smooth sailing once we hit our desks.”
Do you agree with that? We think this is also a great article if you’re looking for a career change, or just want to do something more relaxing and less stressful as a job. The article lists scientific research, childcare, gardening and floristry, teaching, IT, and nursing as some of the happiest professions in the world – some of which actually came as a bit of a shock to us.
We all have friends who are teachers (and if you don’t then you must surely remember the stress of your school days) and we know how much stress and extra work comes with the job, so we were a bit shocked to find that one in there. Then again, akin to scientific research and nursing, we think the job satisfaction and the idea of helping other people greatly outweighs the stress and many hours. What do you guys think?
Let us know which articles have grabbed your attention the most and also let us know how you maintain a good work/personal life balance. Do you enjoy your work? Do you think the tips found in the articles within the portal are helpful? Comments below!